New “Who I Am” Disability Awareness Materials Available
When it comes to expressing a commitment to disability inclusion, there is no wrong time to start or step too small. But, not all employers, especially small businesses, may know how to effectively communicate such a commitment to their employees. Now, the Campaign for Disability Employment has several new materials that can help — all centered on a new video public service announcement (PSA) titled “Who I Am.”
This PSA features nine diverse people with disabilities — some obvious and some not — sharing the many ways they describe themselves, from personal interests to family relationships to occupations. Among them is film and television actor RJ Mitte, best known for his role in the hit television series “Breaking Bad.”
Employers can use “Who I Am” and its discussion guide to facilitate staff training and education efforts around the issues of disability employment and workforce diversity. In addition, they can order one or more of the PSA’s posters, which can be used to create workplace diversity displays or freshen-up bulletin boards, waiting areas and break rooms. A Spanish-language poster is also available, as is a Spanish-language version of the PSA.
“Who I Am” and its accompanying suite of products provide an easy no-cost way for employers to express a commitment to a diverse workplace welcoming of the skills and talents of all qualified people, including people with disabilities. Because, as the talented people in the PSA demonstrate, when it comes to work, it’s what people can do that matters.
The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort among several leading disability and business organizations that seek to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Learn more at whatcanyoudocampaign.org.
For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.