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Celebrating American Workers with Disabilities

Postcard: It's About Abilities, an inclusive workforce is a strong workforce. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. At Skills Inc., inclusion works every day. #NDEAMSkills Inc. is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October since 1945, NDEAM aims to educate employers about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

For over 50 years, Skills Inc. has been a leader in inclusion and disability employment by focusing on the strengths and abilities of our workforce. We take great pride in serving our community while supplying quality goods and services to the aerospace and technology sectors.

Skills Inc. encourages all employers to embrace diversity while promoting a culture of inclusion so that everyone can thrive. Take part in NDEAM by participating in one or more of the below events. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, (ODEP) website also provides various ways to celebrate the month, including “31 Days of NDEAM – What you CAN do!“.

PARTICIPATE. EDUCATE. CELEBRATE. SHARE. #NDEAM

Dates to Note:

12 Week Online edX Course: Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition for hiring managers and recruiters. Self-paced course by Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School.

Every Tue., 11am-12pm PDT
Disability Matters with Joyce Bender radio show on VoiceAmerica

Every Wed., Fri. & Sat., 12pm-4pm PDT in Bothell, WA
International Association of Mouth & Foot Painters exhibition at Museum of Special Art

Oct. 2nd, 11am-8pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Adult Mental Health First Aid training by USA Mental Health First Aid

Oct. 3rd, 9am-12pm PDT
Online Career Expo hosted by Getting Hired

Oct. 3rd, 10am-10:30am PDT
Employment First & the ADA: Working Together radio show hosted by ADA Live!

Oct. 7th-13th
Mental Illness Awareness Week, this year’s theme is “CureStigma

Oct. 9th, 9am-4pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Person-Centered Planning Overview & Facilitator Training hosted by King County Developmental Disabilities Division

Oct. 10th-11th in Blaine, WA
Recruit, Train, and Retain Workshop hosted by Wise

Oct. 10th, 4pm-7pm PDT in Bellevue, WA
InclusiveFest hosted by AtWork

Oct. 12th
National Disability Mentoring Day. Seattle area employers interested in participating, see UW Do-It Program.

Oct. 12th, 9am-4:00pm PDT in Seattle
Introduction to Motivational Interviewing hosted by Veterans Training Support Center

Oct. 15th
White Cane Safety Day

Oct. 17th, 10am-11:30am PDT
Breaking Barriers: Discover the True Person webinar hosted by Wise

Oct. 17th, 10:30am-2:30am PDT in Redmond, WA
2018 Governor’s Employer Awards Event hosted by Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment

Oct. 18th, 10am PDT
Breaking Barriers to Voting webinar hosted by DOnetwork & REV UP Campaign

Oct. 19th, 6pm-9pm PDT in Mountlake Terrace, WA
A Toast to Abilities hosted by Washington Vocational Services

Oct. 22nd-24th in Atlanta, GA
Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition hosted by SHRM

Oct. 23rd, 11am-1pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Golden Hearts Luncheon to benefit Northwest Center

Oct. 23rd-25th in Leavenworth, WA
October Employment Conference hosted by Community Employment Alliance

Oct. 26th-28th in San Mateo, CA
Abilities Expo hosted by Abilities.com

Oct. 30th, 7pm-10pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Invisible Disabilities: Support & Strategies for Surviving & Thriving hosted by King County International Airport

Save the Dates:
May 11th, 2019 in Auburn, WA
5K for Abilities hosted by Skills Inc. & the City of Auburn

July 15th – July 18th, 2019 in Chicago, IL
2019 Disability:IN Conference! hosted by
Disability:IN

5K for Abilities a Big Success!

Runners starting off 5KOn May 12th, Skills Inc. partnered with the City of Auburn to host the first annual 5K for Abilities. Over 300 participants joined us on a beautiful and fun filled morning while we increased disability awareness, built community relationships, and celebrated people of all abilities.

We were honored to have many community partners show their support, including Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus who started the race off. A big thanks to all that helped make this event such a success! View race resultsfinish line photos and/or download event photos.

Gold & Silver Sponsors

Boeing Logo

Logo: Center for Advanced Manufacturing Logo: RBC Royal Bank

BRONZE SPONSORS

Aerospace Futures Alliance
Archbright
Association of Washington Business
First Choice Health
Fleet Feet Sports
Full Circle
Impact Washington
MultiCare Connected Care
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance
USI Insurance Services

Affiliated Partners

Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)   |   Arc of King County   |   AtWork!
Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce   |   Bridgeways   |   Cares of Washington   |   Chinook Enterprises
Community Employment Alliance (CEA)   |   Enumclaw School District   |   Federal Way Public Schools
Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC)   |   Lighthouse for the Blind   |   My Team Triumph
Northwest Center   |   Orion Industries   |   Orting School District   |   Pioneer Human Services
PROVAIL   |   SKCAC Industries   |   Skookum Contract Services   |   Trillium Employment Services
Washington State Business Leadership Network   |  Washington Relay   |   WA Department of Services for the Blind
WA Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)   |   Work Force Development Center
Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County   |   WorkSource

Celebrating NDEAM in October

It's About Abilities. Inclusion Drives Innovation. October is National Disability Awareness Month. At Skills Inc., Inclusion Works Every Day.Skills Inc. is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October since 1945, NDEAM aims to educate employers about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

For over 50 years, Skills Inc. has been a leader in inclusion and disability employment by focusing on the strengths and abilities of our workforce. We take great pride in serving our community while supplying quality goods and services to the aerospace and technology sectors.

Skills Inc. encourages all employers to embrace diversity while promoting a culture of inclusion so everyone can thrive. Take part in NDEAM by participating in one or more of the below events. The Office of Disability Employment Policy, (ODEP) website also provides various ways to celebrate the month, including “31 Days of NDEAM – What you CAN do!“.

Participate. Celebrate. Educate. Share. #NDEAM

Dates to Note:

Enroll now to 12/12/17. Free Online edX Course: Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition for hiring managers and recruiters. Self-paced course by Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School. 

Oct. 3rd-5th in Chelan, WA
Disability Employment Awareness Month Conference hosted by Community Employment Alliance

Oct. 4th, 10am-10:30am PDT
The Process of Customized Employment radio show hosted by ADA Live!

Oct. 5th, 5pm-9pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Inclucity 2017 hosted by Provail

Oct. 6th, 12pm-1pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Golden Hearts Luncheon to benefit Northwest Center

Oct. 6th, 6pm-9pm PDT in Federal Way, WA
Oktoberfest for Inclusion! to benefit Kiwanis Foundation of Federal Way

Oct. 11th, 10am-11:30am PDT
Reconsidering the Status Quo webinar hosted by AtWork

Oct. 11th, 4pm-6pm PDT in Bellevue, WA
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017 hosted by AtWork

Oct. 12th, 10am-11am PDT
Strategies for Retaining Talent after Injury or Illness webinar hosted by EARN

Oct. 12th, 1:30pm-4pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Communicating with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind People hosted by King County Civil Rights

Oct. 17th, 8am-1pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Diversity & Inclusion Talent Acquisition Workshop hosted by Washington State SHRM

Oct. 18th
National Disability Mentoring Day. Seattle area employers interested in participating, see UW Do-It Program.

Oct. 19th, 6pm-9pm PDT in Edmonds, WA
A Toast to Abilities hosted by Washington Vocational Services

Oct. 19th, 11am-12pm PDT
PEAT Talks: Strategies to Drive Awareness and Engagement at a Large Enterprise hosted by PEAT

Oct. 20th, Nationwide
American Red Cross Disability Mentoring Day

Oct. 23rd-25th in San Francisco, CA
Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition hosted by SHRM

Oct. 24th, 12pm-1:30pm PDT in Seattle, WA
Invisible Voices – Video & Discussion hosted by King County Civil Rights

Oct. 24th, 6pm-8pm PDT in Vancouver, WA
Clark County Informing Families & Educators: Start Now! Preparing for Transition hosted by GoWise

Oct. 24th-25th in Seattle, WA
WELN Job Development and Marketing hosted by GoWise

Oct. 24th-25th in Union, WA
Recruit, Train, and Retain Workshop hosted by GoWise

Oct. 27th, 9am-4:00pm PDT in Seattle
Positive Psychology: Helping our Veterans Shift from Surviving to Thriving hosted by Veterans Training Support Center

Oct. 27th-29th in San Mateo, CA
Abilities Expo hosted by Abilities.com

Oct. 30th-31st in Spokane, WA
WELN Intro to the History of Supported Employment, Discovery & Person Centered Planning hosted by GoWise

Oct. 30th– Nov 1st in Baltimore, MD
ASSETS Conference on Computers and Accessibility hosted by SIGACCESS

Oct. 31st, 7:30am-11:30am PDT in Redmond, WA
2017 Governor’s Employer Awards Event hosted by Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment

Nov. 14th-15th in Seattle, WA
WELN Social Security Benefits, Work Incentives & Unpaid Work Experiences hosted by GoWise

July 9th-12th in Las Vegas, NV
2018 USBLN 21st Annual National Conference & Expo hosted by USBLN

Thank You Golf Supporters

On September 15th, Skills Inc. held its 12th Annual Golf Fundraiser at Druids Glen Golf Course. With the support of our generous sponsors and donors we raised funds for the Aerospace Internship Program (AIP). The AIP provides students with disabilities work based learning opportunities in aerospace manufacturing and finish while earning credit toward their high school diplomas.

This year’s tournament included beautiful weather, nearly 40 sponsors/donors, over 100 golfers and another 50+ joined us for the awards banquet. We are extremely grateful to everyone that participated and supported this year’s event! View and download event photos.

2017 Golf Sponsors & Donors

EAGLE SPONSORS

First Choice Health Logo Pacific Metallurgical Logo Rudd Company, Inc.
Umpqua Logo USI Kibble & Prentice VWC logo

BIRDIE SPONSORS

BlackHawk Industrial
Flight Metals
Manini’s Gluten Free
Pyrotek Aerospace Ltd
Stack Metallurgical

PAR SPONSORS

Adept Fasteners
Artistic Solutions
Complete Office
Ellison Technologies
Herb Stusser
Hill Investment Co.
MultiCare Connected Care
NAI Puget Sound Properties
Parke Smith & Feek
Selway Machine Tool Company
Tim Reiterman

DONORS

Anonymous   |   Bralco Metals   |   Barbara Hadley  |  Brian & Rachel Jennison
Cascade Columbia   |   Douglas & Marilyn Carroll   |   Druids Glen Golf Course
John & Linda Dacy   |   Lewis & Karen Sellers   |   Package It   |   Priscilla Armstrong
RS Hughes   |   Sally Harter Pride   |   Specialty Metals   |   Tam Gurung
Tami Vileta   |   Todd & Julie Dunnington   |   Uline   |   Valley Buick GMC of Auburn