Happy fall! As you may know, the month of October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Established more than 70 years ago, NDEAM “celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents” (learn more at: https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/).
This year, as we prepare to celebrate NDEAM, I am reflecting on my nearly 30-year career at the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania. I am so honored to have had the opportunity to witness this organization improve the lives of people with disabilities. Throughout my tenure, I have seen the staff at CILCP develop innovative programs and services that change people’s lives. I have seen the staff at CILCP advocate for the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), then educate and train hundreds of businesses on the legislation. I have seen the staff at CILCP launch one of the first major interpreter referral programs for persons who are deaf. I have seen the staff at CILCP push for curb cuts throughout our region, assist thousands of people with diverse disabilities in strengthening their advocacy skills, create independent living opportunities through accessible housing and expand access to safe, affordable transportation.
But most importantly— I have seen (slowly but surely) our community become more inclusive to people with disabilities, thanks (in part) to the work of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania.
This year let’s celebrate NDEAM by honoring the men and women (both with disabilities and without disabilities) who have forged the way for the next generation of employees with disabilities by expanding the inclusivity of our workplaces and confronting the false stereotypes and stigmas that exist. Thank you for creating a more accessible environment for the next generation of working professionals.
CEO, Center for Independent Living of Central Pa. (CILCP)
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S. Ann Talbot
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The 2018 CILCP Chili Cook-Off is Being Held on October 26!
Register today as a contestant or attendee! All donations benefit Living Well With A Disability activities. Download the event flyer.
Hearing Workshop Help October 19
CILCP is teaming up with Sonus Hearing Care Professionals and the Office for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing to host an informative session on hearing health and hearing resources. Learn more or RSVP.
PADES Summit—October 31 and November 1 at Hilton Harrisburg
The Pennsylvania Disability Employment and Empowerment Summit (PADES) is being hosted at the Hilton in Harrisburg this year! Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by connecting with employers, discovering resources, and learning employment tips. Theo Braddy, CILCP’s CEO is speaking—if you attend, stop him and say hello! Learn more or register.