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White Cane Safety Day – 2018

Thelisa LavergneCornelius BookerOctober is National Disability Awareness month. During the month of October there are many events and occasions that are celebrated to highlight the skills, capabilities and most importantly independence of people with disabilities. One of the most celebratory events taken place every October is the White Cane Safety Day. Continue reading ‘White Cane Safety Day – 2018’

A Texas-Style NDEAM

David SpearsDisability Employment Awareness Month has been celebrated in Texas each October since 1999. The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities produces a colorful poster for display in businesses, government offices and schools. The posters are intended to spark a conversation about employment of people with disabilities. Continue reading ‘A Texas-Style NDEAM’

National Disability Employment and Awareness Month (NDEAM)

David SpearsThe month of October is a time to recognize and celebrate how workers with a disability add to the strong and inclusive labor force here in America. NDEAM has been celebrated for more than 70 years and continues to be a driving force to the value of inclusion and disability awareness. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All” which hints at how inclusion empowers the workforce and individuals as well. Continue reading ‘National Disability Employment and Awareness Month (NDEAM)’

Be a Part of Your Independence

Daniel MabryThis year the United States of America turns 242 years old on July 4. On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted to depart from the rule of Great Britain and adopted the Declaration of Independence. Historically, the Fourth of July has been celebrated since the end of the American Revolution; however, it was not instituted as a federal holiday until 1941 under the direction of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Over the years, the holiday has held festivities ranging from fireworks and parades to family gatherings by the pool and bar-b-ques. Continue reading ‘Be a Part of Your Independence’

Happy Earth Day!

Thelisa LavergneEarth Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2018 . It is a moment in time that we designate to appreciate the beauty of our natural environment and address the issues that threaten it.This year’s Earth Day will be focused on ending plastic pollution. Our environment is inundated with plastic objects that we use once and discard. Single-use plastic and the increasing surge of water stored in disposable plastic are becoming a growing global problem. However, there are clean air activities all around us to encourage participation and awareness of the various threats to our environment. Continue reading ‘Happy Earth Day!’

MLK Jr. Day Celebration

Cornelius BookerEquality is the Key
Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the most profound figures in world history and is most often known for his commitment to equality. In fact, his “I Have a Dream” speech not only highlighted the racial inequality within the United States in the 1960s, but also spoke of social and economic inequality as well. So where are we now? Is inequality still an issue today? If so, why? Continue reading ‘MLK Jr. Day Celebration’

Can you Identify?

bobicookIn my role as Equal Opportunity Officer for Workforce Solutions, I frequently create and conduct trainings related to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. I spend hours doing research and investigating best practices. This role has offered me the opportunity to counsel staff on how to go about requesting accommodations, offer direction to employers on how to work through the interactive process when responding to accommodation requests, and follow up with individuals to determine whether provided accommodations are working for them. I have been able to partner with organizations and participate in events dedicated to enhancing the employment opportunities available to individuals with disabilities. Continue reading ‘Can you Identify?’