Persons with disabilities have and continue to show skills and talent to make meaningful contributions within America’s workforce. Advancing employment opportunities and prospects for people with disabilities strengthens and benefits not only our economy, but also our society as a whole. It creates a more inclusive America where people with disabilities have a role in the growth and success of our Nation.
Although the fight continues to increase the employment rates of people with disabilities, we know efforts to encourage hiring at the state and local levels have a strong overall impact. Every day, there are individuals who step up in big ways in our communities across the country to make sure that all Americans with disabilities have equal opportunities. The White House wants YOU to identify them!
Those chosen will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase their actions to guarantee that individuals with disabilities have a fair shot at succeeding in good jobs and careers. Please nominate a Champion of Change by midnight on Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Nominees may include the following types of individuals:
- Small business owners who have lead efforts to hire workers with disabilities, including workers with significant disabilities, and who have hired and retained one or more workers with significant disabilities and a worker(s) who are helping to build that business while gaining middle class security.
- Managers within large or medium sized employers who have developed effective initiatives for the hiring, retention and/or promotion of people with disabilities, including workers with significant disabilities.
- Entrepreneurs with significant disabilities who have established successful businesses and are now employing others in a successful venture.
- Leader within companies or organizations who have disclosed hidden disabilities and have initiated efforts to educate others about employment of people with disabilities.
- Public/private partnerships between employers and a state or local governments, colleges, foundations, or other entities that have developed effective collaborative initiatives focused on increasing competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities, including people with significant disabilities.
Click the following link below to submit your nomination (be sure to choose Disability Employment in the "Theme of Service" field of the nomination form). Nominate a Disability Employment Champion of Change.
Read more on the White House blog here.