Archive for the 'awareness' Category

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?’

White Cane Safety

Thelisa LavergneWe love celebrating holidays, special events, unique and wacky days. In October there is Moldy Cheese Day, National Homemade Cookies Day, International Bacon Day, Skyscraper Day and many more just to name a few. October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month. There are many events to be celebrated as a part of NDEAM; however, one of the most significant days to celebrate is White Cane Safety Day. Continue reading ‘White Cane Safety’

Inclusion Drives Innovation

David SpearsIn last week’s blog, we introduced this year’s theme for National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM), “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” I think most people agree with that statement. Inclusion and innovation are buzzwords we hear often and of course every organization includes similar wording within their mission statement; but what exactly does it mean? Continue reading ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation’

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Cornelius BookerFor more than 70 years, Americans have celebrated the inclusion of people with disabilities as a valuable asset to the workforce during the month of October which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme for NDEAM is “Inclusion Drives Innovation” as Americans reflect on the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success. Continue reading ‘National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)’