Aug 25, 2016

Empowering People with Disabilities - August 2016

Maria from the White House with our Team
Maria from the White House with our Team

Dear friends,

I cannot thank you enough for your earlier support! Because you have invested in us, I’d like to update you on key progress on our employment and stigma-busting work – transformative work that YOU helped make possible. Keep in mind that solving the issues of stigma and employment is not an overnight project. Still, major foundations are being laid. Since May, we have achieved the following:

  • Released a white paper on the intersectionality of the criminal justice system and people with disabilities at an event with stakeholders on Capitol Hill. The report – entitled Disability and Criminal Justice Reform: Keys to Success – as well as the recording of the event, is found here: http://respectabilityusa.com/new-report-shows-750000-people-with-disabilities-behind-bars/ 
  • Identified and promoted best practices for inclusive employment to all 50 teams working on state unified and combined plans for implementation of WIOA. This summer, the federal government started to distribute $17 billion a year through WIOA to all 50 states to increase employment and job training opportunities.[1] By educating government and workforce personnel working on employment creation programs about the disability issue, as well as effective ways to include people with disabilities (PwDs) in the workforce, we are dramatically limiting the extension of failed policies that have been so prevalent and so damaging during the past years and seeing them replaced with best practices. To see our suggestions please go here: http://respectabilityusa.com/resources/for-policy-makers
  • Identified companies that practice inclusive employment and promoted these examples and their bottom line benefits to other companies across America. Several national companies including EY, AT&T, and Comcast are recognizing the unique talents of PwDs and the benefits they bring to the table as employees. Our work through an online campaign #RespectTheAbility helps leverage market forces to increase well-paying employment opportunities for PwDs.
  • Raised public awareness of the abilities of PwDs through earned and paid media and constant promotion of positive images and stories that counter negative stereotypes. Our work includes identification of messaging and images that change perceptions, publication of articles and op-eds in national and local newspapers by well-known thought-leaders, PSA’s and helping to champion A&E’s reality show Born this Way, which recently began its second season.
  • Reaching out on issues of voter access as well as directly to presidential candidates about jobs for PwDs. We have raised issues of accessibility in campaign websites, social media, ads, and live events. We have also spoken with 100 percent of the presidential candidates in a non-partisan way about these issues and covered their answers at www.TheRespectAbilityReport.org. Candidates also answered our substantive questions about public policy in our candidate questionnaires. We hosted a summit on August 8th on Capitol Hill about the importance of voters with disabilities, which was aired live on C-SPAN 2.

We are hard at work continuing and expanding these projects. However, it is worth noting that RespectAbility still is hampered by the fact that we are understaffed and under-resourced. We are eagerly reaching out to make new relationships with potential funders. We are deeply grateful for your earlier faith in our work. Please email JenniferM@RespectAbilityUSA.org with any questions or comments that you may have. Thanks for your investment in our work – and for the other amazing work you are doing on so many fronts!

RespectAbility with advocates Janie and Eddie
RespectAbility with advocates Janie and Eddie
Rep. Bartlett with our Team
Rep. Bartlett with our Team
Rodney from JPMorgan Chase with our Team
Rodney from JPMorgan Chase with our Team
Rep. Coelho with our Team
Rep. Coelho with our Team
Calvin from Bipartisan Policy Center and team
Calvin from Bipartisan Policy Center and team

Links:

May 31, 2016

Empowering People with Disabilities - May '16

Our team with Heidi Nel of Picture Motion
Our team with Heidi Nel of Picture Motion

Dear friends,

I cannot thank you enough for your earlier support! Because you have invested in us, I’d like to update you on key progress on our employment and stigma-busting work – transformative work that YOU helped make possible. Keep in mind that solving the issues of stigma and employment is not an overnight project. Still, major foundations are being laid. Since last November, we have achieved the following:

  • Identified and promoted best practices for inclusive employment to all 50 teams working on state unified and combined plans for implementation of WIOA. In 2016, the federal government will start to distribute $17 billion a year through WIOA to all 50 states to increase employment and job training opportunities. By educating government and workforce personnel working on employment creation programs about the disability issue, as well as effective ways to include people with disabilities (PwDs) in the workforce, we are dramatically limiting the extension of failed policies that have been so prevalent and so damaging during the past years and seeing them replaced with best practices. To see our suggestions please go here: http://respectabilityusa.com/resources/for-policy-makers
  • Identified companies that practice inclusive employment and promoted these examples and their bottom line benefits to other companies across America. Several national companies including EY, AT&T, and Comcast are recognizing the unique talents of PwDs and the benefits they bring to the table as employees. Our work through an online campaign #RespectTheAbility helps leverage market forces to increase well-paying employment opportunities for PwDs.
  • Raised public awareness of the abilities of PwDs through earned and paid media and constant promotion of positive images and stories that counter negative stereotypes. Our work includes identification of messaging and images that change perceptions, publication of articles and op-eds in national and local newspapers by well-known thought-leaders, PSA’s and, most recently helping to champion A&E’s reality show Born this Way, which was recently renewed for a second season as it now tops 1 million viewers a week.
  • Reaching out on issues of voter access as well as directly to presidential candidates about jobs for PwDs. We have raised issues of accessibility in campaign websites, social media, ads, and live events. We have also spoken with 100 percent of the presidential candidates in a non-partisan way about these issues and covered their answers at www.TheRespectAbilityReport.org. Candidates also answered our substantive questions about public policy in our candidate questionnaires.

We are hard at work continuing and expanding these projects. However, it is worth noting that RespectAbility still is hampered by the fact that we are understaffed and under-resourced. We are eagerly reaching out to make new relationships with potential funders. We are deeply grateful for your earlier faith in our work. Please email JenniferM@RespectAbilityUSA.org with any questions or comments that you may have. Thanks for your investment in our work – and for the other amazing work you are doing on so many fronts!

Team members with Marco Rubio
Team members with Marco Rubio
Team members with Hillary Clinton
Team members with Hillary Clinton
Our team with RSA Commissioner Janet LaBreck
Our team with RSA Commissioner Janet LaBreck
Our team with Rebecca Cokley of NCD
Our team with Rebecca Cokley of NCD
Our team with Tony Coelho, a main sponsor of ADA
Our team with Tony Coelho, a main sponsor of ADA

Links:

Mar 10, 2016

Empowering People with Disabilities - February '16

Our team with Heidi Nel of Picture Motion
Our team with Heidi Nel of Picture Motion

Dear friends,

I cannot thank you enough for your earlier support! Because you have invested in us, I’d like to update you on key progress on our employment and stigma-busting work – transformative work that YOU helped make possible. Keep in mind that solving the issues of stigma and employment is not an overnight project. Still, major foundations are being laid. Since last November, we have achieved the following:

  • Identified and started to promote best practices for inclusive employment to all 50 teams working on state unified and combined plans for implementation of WIOA. In 2016, the federal government will start to distribute $17 billion a year through WIOA to all 50 states to increase employment and job training opportunities.[1] By educating government and workforce personnel working on employment creation programs about the disability issue and effective ways to include PwDs in the workforce – particularly young people with disabilities (PwDs) transitioning into the workplace – we are dramatically limiting the extension of failed policies that have been so prevalent and so damaging during the past years and seeing them replaced with best practices.
  • Identified companies that practice inclusive employment and promoted these examples and their bottom line benefits to other companies across America. Several national companies including EY, AT&T, and Comcast are recognizing the unique talents of PwDs and the benefits they bring to the table as employees. Our work through an online campaign #RespectTheAbility helps leverage market forces to increase well-paying employment opportunities for PwDs.
  • Raised public awareness of the abilities of PwDs through earned and paid media and constant promotion of positive images and stories that counter negative stereotypes. Our work includes identification of messaging and images that change perceptions, publication of articles and op-eds in national and local newspapers by well-known thought-leaders, PSA’s and, most recently helping to create A&E’s reality show Born this Way, which was recently renewed for a second season as it now tops 1 million viewers a week.
  • Reaching out on issues of voter access as well as directly to presidential candidates about jobs for PwDs. We have raised issues of accessibility in campaign websites, social media, ads, and live events. We have also spoken with 100 percent of the presidential candidates in a non-partisan way about these issues and covered their answers at www.TheRespectAbilityReport.org.

 

We are hard at work continuing and expanding these projects. However, it is worth noting that RespectAbility still is hampered by the fact that we are understaffed and under-resourced. We are eagerly reaching out to make new relationships with potential funders. We are deeply grateful for your earlier faith in our work. Please email JenniferM@RespectAbilityUSA.org with any questions or comments that you may have. Thanks for your investment in our work – and for the other amazing work you are doing on so many fronts!

 

[1]https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/

Team members with Ted Cruz
Team members with Ted Cruz
Team members with Hillary Clinton
Team members with Hillary Clinton
Our team with RSA Commissioner Janet LaBreck
Our team with RSA Commissioner Janet LaBreck
Our team with Rebecca Cokley of NCD
Our team with Rebecca Cokley of NCD
Our team with Tony Coelho, a main sponsor of ADA
Our team with Tony Coelho, a main sponsor of ADA

Links:

 
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