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


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


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


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


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