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DisabilitiesAtWork.org
Newsletter December 2012

The Disabilities At Work newsletter is provided four times per year to Human Resource professionals and others as a source of information regarding the issues surrounding employment of qualified people with disabilities.

Disabilities At Work also focuses on identifying companies that either go above and “beyond compliance” in their employment recruitment practices of people with disabilities or provide strong philanthropic support for disability issues. Disabilities At Work encourages the members of the disabled community, their friends and families to patronize these businesses.


In This Issue
DISABILITIES AT WORK IS GROWING

HONOR ROLL OF BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT THE DISABLED COMMUNITY

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION -- INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2012


DISABILITIES AT WORK IS GROWING

Disabilities At Work has entered a partnership with the Learn More Now, Do More Now, Earn More Later (LearnDoEarn) Student Achievement System, which focuses on motivating middle and high school students of ALL abilities to achieve at higher levels.

LearnDoEarn offers unique curriculum, games, and activities that help middle and high school students of all abilities understand exactly what they need to do to build the academic and behavioral foundations they need for success in college and/or work. LearnDoEarn is the only program that uses the inherent authority of the business community as future employers to create a clear roadmap for students, detailing the rigorous courses they should take, the grades they should earn, the amount of homework they should do, and the behaviors they should acquire and practice. LearnDoEarn makes students want to work harder. LearnDoEarn materials are also appropriate for targeted adult learners and job seekers.

The program offers:

• College- and Work-ready Curriculum
• Workplace Simulation Learning Games
• Career/Workplace Preparation Activities
• Almost Real Job Applications
• Practice pre-employment tests on the Almost Real Products website
• Teacher/Service Provider Training
• Parent Awareness Videos
• Parent Resources
• Reward Credentials
• Colorful Wall Posters
• Fun Online Games
• Student Workshops

Please contact Sue Herring at 609-989-7888 ext. 144 if interested in learning more.

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HONOR ROLL OF BUSINESSES THAT SUPPORT THE DISABLED COMMUNITY

Thanks to many service providers, agencies and schools that work with people with disabilities, the Honor Roll of Businesses that have been endorsed has grown to 82. A list of these businesses is on the Disabilities At Work website. DAW encourages consumers to patronize these businesses that have either gone “beyond compliance” in their employment recruitment practices for people with disabilities or provide strong philanthropic support for organizations that support people with disabilities.

These companies have earned the right to display the Disabilities At Work logo, which indicates to consumers that they should patronize them.

Keep your endorsements coming so consumers can patronize these worthy businesses.

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PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION -- INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2012

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Americans have always understood that each of us is entitled to a set of fundamental freedoms and protections under the law, and that when everyone gets a fair shot at opportunity, all of us do better. For more than two decades, our country has upheld those basic promises for persons with disabilities through the Americans with Disabilities Act -- a sweeping civil rights bill that moved our Nation forward in the journey to equality for all. And from making health care more affordable to ensuring new technologies are accessible, we have continued to build on that progress, guided by the belief that equal access and equal opportunity are common principles that unite us as one Nation.

On the 20th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we reaffirm that the struggle to ensure the rights of every person does not end at our borders, but extends to every country and every community. It continues for the woman who is at greater risk of abuse because of a disability and for the child who is denied the chance to get an education because of the way he was born. It goes on for the 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide who all too often cannot attend school, find work, access medical care, or receive fair treatment. These injustices are an affront to our shared humanity -- which is why the United States has joined 153 other countries around the world in signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which calls on all nations to establish protections and liberties like those afforded under the Americans with Disabilities Act. While Americans with disabilities already enjoy these rights at home, they frequently face barriers when they travel, conduct business, study, or reside overseas. Ratifying the Convention in the Senate would reaffirm America's position as the global leader on disability rights and better position us to encourage progress toward inclusion, equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities worldwide.

We have come far in the long march to achieve equal opportunity for all. But even as we partner with countries across the globe in affirming universal human rights, we know our work will not be finished until the inherent dignity and worth of all persons with disabilities is guaranteed. Today, let us renew our commitment to meeting that challenge here in the United States, and let us redouble our efforts to build new paths to participation, empowerment, and progress around the world.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2012, as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. I call on all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

BARACK OBAMA

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This newsletter is provided by Disabilities At Work to Human Resource professionals and others as an update of the latest issues and initiatives regarding employment of qualified people with disabilities.
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