National Disability Employment Awareness
Month: Celebrating the strengths of all individuals
Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October celebrates the significant
contributions of workers with disabilities.
to the U.S. Bureau of Labor
19.1 percent of individuals with disabilities were employed in 2018. In
contrast, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was
we recognize the skills and talents of all individuals, and believe youth and adults
with disabilities should be given the same opportunities for inclusion as those
“Ultimately, individuals with disabilities just
want to be seen and heard, and it is our responsibility – as human beings – to
make this happen by being inclusive, supportive, encouraging and
compassionate,” said National Director of Intellectual and Developmental
Disabilities Services Stewart Shear,
Ph.D. “Whether we do this by campaigning, spreading awareness through
social media, having open discussions with friends and family, or offering
employment opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental
disabilities, the conversation must continue in order to provide a voice for
this vulnerable population.”
Each year, the U.S. Department of
Labor holds a campaign for NDEAM. This year’s theme
– “The Right Talent, Right Now” – emphasizes the vital role people with
disabilities play in the success of the nation’s economy.
“Every day, individuals with disabilities add
significant value and talent to our workforce and economy,” U.S. Secretary of
Labor Alexander Acosta stated in a press
release. “Individuals with disabilities offer
employers diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success.
Individuals with disabilities have the right talent, right now.”
While great strides have been made in employing
youth and adults with disabilities, more work needs to done to ensure these individuals
have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.
The U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reports the unemployment rate for
people with disabilities was 8 percent in 2018, versus 3.7 percent for those
without a disability. Note: Unemployed
persons are defined as those who did not have a job, were available for work,
or were actively looking for a job in the four weeks preceding the survey.
“Individuals with disabilities face a unique
set of challenges,” Shear noted. “The more we can understand these challenges
and support others in that understanding, the more inclusive our communities
will become. If you own a business, look for opportunities to hire someone with
a developmental disability. If individuals in your neighborhood, or your
family, have a disability, find ways to connect with them. Make them feel
welcome and engage with them at family gatherings or events.”
individuals with disabilities
The U.S. Department of Labor supports several
initiatives to help employers interested in hiring
individuals with disabilities, including:
employment programs offer opportunities to thrive
Devereux offers a variety of employment
services and supports for youth and adults living with emotional, behavioral
and cognitive differences. Programs (which vary from center to center) include:
training: Focuses on skill-building, including personal
identification, personal hygiene, clothing care, telling time and housekeeping.
employment: Job assessments are conducted to identify
strengths, needs and preferences. Employment specialists work with individuals
on resume building, interview skills and social interactions. Job coaches help
individuals maintain employment.
day programs: Individuals acquire the skills needed to work
in an employment program, in competitive employment, or in volunteer positions
in the community.
“Our programs are designed to foster community
inclusion and develop essential living and communication skills,” said Devereux
Vice President of Operations – Adult Services Stephen Bruce, M.Ed., BCBA. “Whether our individuals are working in
a greenhouse, volunteering at an animal shelter, or simply spending time in the
community, Devereux is here to guide and support them every step of the way and
help them gain the skills needed to lead more fulfilling lives.”
||Devereux centers recognized by Human Rights Campaign for LGBTQ inclusion efforts
Ten Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health centers have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign, the leading LGBTQ rights and advocacy group in the U.S., for supporting and serving LGBTQ youth and families.
||Human Rights Campaign features Devereux in its annual report
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is proud to be featured in the Human Rights Campaign’s “Change-Makers in Child Welfare 2020,” an annual report highlighting the All Children - All Families program’s partnership with 100 organizations across the country that are working to improve the programs and services they provide to the LGBTQ community.
||Matilda Jane Clothing donates more than 5,000 face masks to Devereux’s essential staff
Matilda Jane Clothing is showing support for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s front-line staff by donating colorful and beautifully-crafted face masks. The Indiana-based clothing company recently donated 5,000 fabric face masks to the nonprofit to help team members stay safe and healthy.
||Yvette Jackson discusses Devereux Arizona’s programs and services on Hubbard Radio’s Valley Focus show
Listen as Devereux Arizona Executive Director Yvette Jackson, LMSW, DBH, discusses the center’s programs and services on Hubbard Radio’s Valley Focus show. Jackson shares valuable information about Devereux Arizona’s therapeutic foster care program and outpatient services, and explains how the organization is supporting individuals and families during COVID-19.
||Like, follow and share Devereux’s new national Facebook page
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s Facebook Careers Page has transitioned into our new national Facebook page. In addition to accessing the latest Devereux career opportunities, followers will learn more about what’s happening across all of our centers, programs and services.
||Georgia robotics team creates 3-D printed face shields for Devereux’s front-line staff
Students from a Georgia robotics team, Checkmate Robotics #12961, are leading by example, and using their 3-D printing skills to create face shields for Devereux’s front-line staff.
||Article features Dr. Yolanda Graham: “Talking to individuals with autism about COVID-19”
For families and caregivers of children, adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the COVID-19 pandemic brings new challenges, such as confusion and disruptions to daily routines and schedules. Read this Autism Spectrum News article featuring Devereux Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical/Medical Officer Yolanda Graham, M.D., as she offers tips for talking to individuals with ASD about COVID-19.
||Human Rights Campaign donates more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) donated more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to help protect the individuals in its care, along with its outstanding and dedicated team members, as part of the “HRC Gives Back” campaign.
||Devereux honors nurses and teachers during observances in May
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is paying tribute to the selfless and inspiring nurses and teachers who continue to provide the best possible care and support for children, adolescents and adults through the COVID-19 pandemic - and all year long.
||Podcast: Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares tips for helping families with special needs cope during a pandemic
For many families, maintaining a regular schedule during school closures and social distancing can be challenging, especially if you are caring for a child or adult with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences. Listen as Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, who is a mother of three teenage children (one with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities), shares tips to help parents and caregivers cope with a pandemic on WXPN’s Kathy Chats podcast.
||Erin Clemens shares her journey with autism on the My Autism Tribe podcast
Listen as Erin Clemens, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome when she was 15 and receives services through Devereux Pennsylvania, shares her journey with autism on the My Autism Tribe podcast.
||Devereux Center for Effective Schools releases free, online training modules for educators
With schools across the U.S. shifting to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Devereux Center for Effective Schools (CES) recently developed a series of free, online training modules to help educators successfully adapt to this new reality and engage students through remote instruction.