Much has changed in the disability employment policy arena during the past 20 years. Looking back, the progress Jennifer Sheehy says she’s most thrilled about isn’t just the policy action we’ve seen. “Rather, it’s the significant shift in how we as a nation talk about disability and employment,” writes Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy.
Today, disability has rightfully taken its place in the larger conversation about workplace diversity. Leading companies are now actively working to align diversity with their corporate brand, both internally and externally. This is because they know that inclusion works. They know that groups representing a range of perspectives outperform those with superior, but similar, skill sets. And they know that, as one of the nation’s largest minority groups, people with disabilities are an essential voice to have at the table.
Reflecting this perspective, #InclusionWorks will be the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016. NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.
Read the entire post on the U.S. Department of Labor blog.