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America's Recovery Powered by Inclusion: National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021

2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

The Office for Equity and Accessibility is excited to announce an engagement opportunity to celebrate the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 31st anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and everyone is invited to participate. Each October, Virginia Tech's ADA and Accessibility Services, in the Office for Equity and Accessibility, host an event in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event is a celebration of the numerous and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The theme for this year’s virtual event is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.. We will be exploring "Animals and the ADA", event details are as follows. We hope to see you there. The events are free and registration is required. Please fill this one-minute survey if you are interested in attending each event. ASL interpreting and captioning will be available for each event. If you are an individual with a disability and need additional accommodations please contact Raksha Sharma at raksha7@vt.edu or 540-231-2567 by 5 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2021. 

Equilibrium Equine-Assisted Therapies
Date: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Details: Equilibrium Equine Assisted Therapies representative will discuss the benefits of equine-assisted therapy and conduct a brief team-building activity.  
Click here to register to attend

Saint Francis Service Dogs
Date: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. - noon
Details: St. Francis Service Dogs representative will briefly discuss how dogs are trained to provide assistance to their owners with disabilities. 
Click here to register to attend

American Sign Language Q&A with James Bell 
Date: Friday, Oct. 15, 2021
Time: 1 - 1:30 p.m.
Details: Guest speaker James A. Bell will answer your questions about American Sign Language. Bell is the senior interpreter and C-Print™ Captionist for Virginia Tech's Services for Students with Disabilities.
Click here to register to attend

Please submit your questions prior to the events.

Past events

The Office for Equity and Accessibility (OEA) is proud to support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30th Anniversary. On July 26, we celebrate this important civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Happy 30th Anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! Join OEA in celebrating by visiting www.adaanniversary.org.

Learn More About the ADA:

  1. What is the ADA? from the ADA National Network
  2. Timeline of the ADA
  3. Overview of the ADA
  4. ADA Basics webcourse (www.adabasics.org)
  5. ADA Questions and Answers
  6. Timeline of Advancements in Disability Employment Since the ADA’s Passage

October 1, 2020

The Office for Equity and Accessibility is excited to provide virtual opportunities of engagement to celebrate the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Building a Future That Works

The U.S. Department of Labor will host a virtual celebration of the 75th annual National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. "Building a Future that Works" will be held on October 20 from 2-3 p.m. ET. The event will explore the crucial role of accessible technology in this year's NDEAM theme of "Increasing Access and Opportunity" for people with disabilities, and the Labor Department's work to ensure that emerging technologies are accessible to all in the workplace. Features will include insightful dialogues with thought leaders and a video showcase of the latest innovations in communications, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, and more.

·        Register for "Building a Future that Works"

Job Developing for People with Disabilities National Online Dialogue

The "Job Developing for People with Disabilities During Times of Increased Unemployment National Online Dialogue" is open for participation now through October 18. Hosted by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, it will gather information about how job developers help people with disabilities obtain Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) during times of increased health risks and unemployment. People with disabilities, their family members, employment specialists, VR counselors, job coaches, employers, and others are encouraged to share their insights and ideas on how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain and retain meaningful employment.

·        Join the "Job Developing for People with Disabilities During Times of Increased Unemployment National Online Dialogue"

Ticket to Work Request for Information

The Office of Disability Employment Policy published a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register on a proposed transfer of the Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (Ticket program) from the Social Security Administration to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The Ticket program assists adult disability beneficiaries in becoming employed. The President's budget for fiscal year 2021 includes a legislative proposal to improve program structure and coordination and transfer administration of the program to DOL to better integrate the program into the public workforce system and better serve disability beneficiaries who want to work. The RFI seeks public input on how the Ticket program's proposed changes would impact disability beneficiaries who want to work and the systems that currently serve their employment and related needs, and identify critical considerations for designing and implementing an improved program. Comments are due by November 13.

·        View the Ticket to Work Request for Information

LEAD Center Newsletter

The LEAD Center released its quarterly LEAD On! newsletter. The newsletter includes a snapshot of the LEAD Center's initiatives, information on connecting veterans with service-connected disabilities to apprenticeships, links to archived webinars, and more.

·        Read LEAD On!

PEAT Podcast

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) posted a new episode of its Future of Work podcast series on "Accessibility Solutions for Employees." In this episode, Mike Hess, founder and executive director of the Blind Institute of Technology, discusses the positive impact of accessibility solutions on employers and employees.

·        Listen to "Accessibility Solutions for Employees"