Toolkit on Encouraging Self-Identification of Disability:This guide created by EARN and NILG is a valuable resource for businesses of all sizes interested in assessing their progress toward disability inclusion goals. Self-identification is about more than reaching certain numbers, however. Done right, the very act of inviting applicants and employees to self-identify helps convey that a company intends to not just express a commitment to an inclusive workforce, but also deliver on it.
The Small Business at Work Toolkit - This toolkit provides curated information and essential resources about how (and why!) small businesses can successfully hire and retain employees with disabilities.
Disability Language Style Guide: The National Center on Disability and Journalism at Arizona State University has developed astyle guide which covers almost 200 words and terms commonly used when referring to disability, most of which are not covered in The Associated Press style guide. (Also available in Spanish
Disability:IN Supplier Diversity Certification: Disability:IN certifies disability-owned business enterprises, including service-disabled and veteran disability-owned businesses, and links them to organizations seeking to diversify their supply chains.
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) - partnering with Disability:IN GKC, This service helps employers across the country fill workforce needs with trained, educated and experienced veterans with disabilities. It provides recruitment assistance based on employers’ specific qualification requirements, and candidates are skilled and pre-screened. Click the hyperlink to access Employment Coordinators for assistance with finding candidates. located at VA Regional Offices nationwide.
EARN Fact Sheet on hiring, retaining and advancing people with disabilities
31 Days of National Disability Employment Awareness Month — What you CAN do! 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.
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.
During October, Disability:IN GKC will post ideas and resources each day on our LinkedIn and Facebook page to help you celebrate NDEAM. Follow us today for ideas to develop your own campaign.
Disability:IN GKC is a proud partner of the Workplace Initiative, which fuels national and regional partnerships of foundations, companies, nonprofits and government agencies to remove barriers to successful careers for people with disabilities. The Disability Employment and Inclusion “Do-It-Yourself” Guide (DIY Guide) is a playbook that has packaged a comprehensive set of tools and resources for accelerating disability inclusion. Companies can use the guide to start or enhance a disability employment and inclusion program.