Category Archives: Resources

30th Anniversary of the ADA

30 Years of Progress: Access, Opportunity & Inclusion

collage celebrating 30 years of ADASkills Inc. is proud to support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 30th Anniversary. Signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26th, 1990, this important civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this milestone, as well as continue to advocate and work toward workforce inclusion for people with disabilities.

Visit the DOJ’s ADA Anniversary webpage to learn more about the ADA’s history and impact. You can also access free information and trainings on the Americans with Disabilities Act on the ADA National Network’s website.

EARN: A Free Resource for Employers

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures. EARN offers information and resources to empower individuals and organizations to become leaders in the employment and advancement of people with disabilities.

EARN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. Learn more on their website.

In October, Celebrate All Abilities

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Since 1945, NDEAM has sought to educate employers about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s national theme is “My disability is one part of who I am.”

Skills Inc. is proud to support NDEAM and honored to demonstrate that “a strong workforce is an inclusive workforce”. Over 60 percent of our 600+ employees have a self-identified disability, while our products and services exceed demands for rigorous standards and excellence. We encourage all employers to embrace a culture of acceptance where people of all abilities 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!“.

Dates to note:

Sept. 26th, 9am PDT
Walk Now for Autism Speaks hosted by Autism Speaks

Sept. 28th – Oct. 1st in Austin (sold out)
USBLN 18th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo hosted by USBLN

Sept. 28th – 29th in Hood River, Oregon
Pacific NW Employment Forum hosted by APSE

Sept. 29th, 10am-11:30am PDT
Section 508 Basic Testing Guide for Making an Accessible PDF webinar hosted by PEAT

Sept. 30th, 11am-12pm PDT
The Expanding Disability Market: Scenario Clinic webinar hosted by Cornell University

Oct. 1st, 8am-3pm in Newark, NJ
Best Practices on Diversity Recruitment seminar hosted by DiversityInc

Oct. 6th, 11am-12:30pm PDT
Cultural Competence for NDEAM webinar hosted by DiversityInc

Oct. 6th, 12-1pm PDT
Golden Hearts Luncheon hosted by Northwest Center

Oct. 8th, 11am-12:30pm PDT
Complying with the Complexities of the ADA/ADAAA webinar hosted by DMEC

Oct. 14th
Virtual Job Fair hosted by AbilityLinks

Oct. 15th, 11am-2pm PDT in Tukwila
A New Way of Looking at Integrated Disability Management hosted by DMEC

Oct. 17th, 7:30am-9am PDT
Chapter Meeting: Help! I’m Invisible hosted by Seattle SHRM

Oct. 17th, 9am-5pm PDT
DeafNation Expo in Portland
Stop by the Skills Inc. booth to learn more about our organization

Oct. 21st
Disability Mentoring Day

Oct. 21st, 10am-1pm PDT
Online Career Fair hosted by Think Beyond the Label

Oct. 26th-28th in Lisbon, Portugal
ASSETS Conference on Computers and Accessibility hosted by SIGACCESS

Oct. 27th, 11am-12pm PDT
Accommodations for Health Care Workers with Motor Impairments webcast by JAN

Oct. 30th  (by invite only)
Governor’s Awards Breakfast
Presented by The Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment

Nov. 10th, 11am-12pm PDT
Best Pracitices webcast by JAN

Nov. 11th, 9amPDT
ADAAA-What You Need to Know webinar by DEMC

Nov. 19th, 11am-11:30am PDT
Small Business Accessibility though Biz Ability webinar hosted by PEAT

with every disability, there is always an ability