The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy is working hard to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This month, they have launched The Campaign for Disability Employment in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The website of The Campaign for Disability Employment talks about how it is what people can do that really matters. It offers tips for employers for what they can do to employ people with disabilities. It also gives advice to educators and family members to help young people with disabilities have big dreams. It also has a place where young with people with disabilities can share those dreams. If you are a worker or a job seeker with a disability, there is also space on the website for you to leave your story on what you can do.
The website also offers tips to people with disabilities who are seeking employment or already working. The campaign reminds us that work is more than a paycheck, but a way to give purpose and direction to a person's life.
People with disabilities also deserve the opportunity to pursue meaningful careers and to be evaluated based on their abilities, rather than disabilities. The campaign also reminds people with disabilities that only they can define their limitations. If you are a person with a disability, the campaign reminds you to set high expectations for yourself.