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ODEP Announces 2014 Theme

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Expect. Employ. Empower.

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.

*U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

Attend WSBLN Section 503 Summit

Identify strategies and action steps to implement the OFCCP’s Section 503 hiring regulations for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors.

WHEN: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
8:30 a.m: Registration opens
9 -1:00 p.m: Programs

WHERE: Radisson Hotel Seattle Airport 18118 International Blvd.
Offering group rates for overnight guests booking by 4/30

COST: $75/per person. Includes lunch and refreshments.
Lunch menu:
Appetizer: Iceberg wedge salad with oregano dressing, bacon, tomatoes and Oregon blue cheese
Entree: pear gorgonzola ravioli with cream sauce and sun-dried tomatoes
Dessert: poached pear and hazelnut puff pastry

Keynote Address:
Leigh Jones, District Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Washington State Governor’s Disability Employment Task Force:
Effenus Henderson, CEO, Henderworks and Governor’s Task Force Appointee Employer Best Practice

Panel Discussion/Q&A:
Emceed by Mike Hudson, Project Manager, Association of Washington Business
Employers Represented: Helpful Hands, Microsoft, Seattle Children’s Hospital, T-Mobile, United Parcel Services, University of Washington

Demonstration of the NET Talent Acquisition Portal:
Kathy West-Evans, Director of Business Relations, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation

Must register on their website, Please pay in advance. No payments will be received at the door.

Disability and food-related accommodations must be requested by May 7th. Registration deadline is Friday, May 9th.

Please email with any questions or registration problems.

The OLS Degree at Bellevue College

Bellevue College is the only institute of higher learning in the nation that offers a four-year associate degree in Occupational and Life Skills (OLS) for adults with cognitive disabilities. The four-year program has a specialized curriculum focused on critical thinking, social skills and self-determination.  Students also explore career pathways, with the expectation that they will enter the competitive workplace upon graduation.

Exceptional: the Bellevue College Magazine recently highlighted the OLS degree in their Spring 2014 publication.  Michael Hatt, an OLS graduate and valued Skills Inc. employee, was also featured.  Please read the articles on pages 15-17, here.

Michael Hatt, OLS graduate and Skills Inc. Assembly Technician, is featured on page 17 in the Spring 2014 Bellevue College Magazine

Michael Hatt, OLS graduate and Skills Inc. Assembly Technician, is featured
on page 17 in the Spring 2014 Bellevue College Magazine