Community members from DDI Walk

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The United States Department of Labor has announced this year’s theme as “The Right Talent, Right Now."

The 2019 theme emphasizes the essential role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent. The Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) administers NDEAM.

"Every day, individuals with disabilities add significant value and talent to our workforce and economy," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. "Individuals with disabilities offer employers diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success. Individuals with disabilities have the right talent, right now."

DDI is committed to helping the individuals we support reach their fullest potential, achieve the goals they have set for themselves, and become successful contributing members of society. We offer a wide array of employment, work exposure, and training opportunities, which include Intensive Supported Employment Services, Extended Supported Employment, and Pre-Vocational Services.

Meet Chris. He is a member of our Adult Day Program and receives supported employment services. Chris currently works at an AMC Movie Theatre and finds it both rewarding and important.

Gentleman working at movie theater

“Having a job is very important. Everyone should aspire to work when they become of age. I had my first job at 13, and it feels great to work and have your own money. It’s not the point of having money but what you do with that money.  It feels good to buy things you want, but you have to be smart with it. I’ve been at this theatre for six years. They are very flexible because they know I work hard when I’m there. They work with me when I need days off or need to do something important.”

Chris is a shining example of the talent and drive that exists within each of us. Congratulations to Chris for all of his accomplishments and to each person who has found success in the workforce.

We thank and applaud you for having “The Right Talent, Right Now.” Source: United States Department of Labor