White House Honors Champions of Change in Disability Employment

The 2014 NDEAM theme, EXPECT.EMPLOY.EMPOWER. appears in large white letters at the center of the poster on a blue backdrop of a collage of images of people with disabilities in a variety of work settings. On the right side is a large image from the back of a female wheelchair user. On the back of her chair are the words What can YOU do? The words at the bottom on a silver banner include National Disability Employment Awareness Month, DOL’s logo with the words Office of Disability Employment Policy United States Department of Labor and ODEP’s website: www.dol.gov/odep.On October 14, ten people from across the country were honored as Disability Employment Champions of Change at a White House ceremony for their efforts to expand employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The ten were chosen for their extraordinary work to make workplaces more accessible and to create employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

The honorees include a veteran with a disability who runs his own organic egg business; managers from Walgreens, Procter & Gamble, and Microsoft who have taken steps to boost disability employment within their ranks; and the founder of a company that helps ensure accessibility in  digital systems used by businesses.

Andy Imparato, Symme Trachtenberg, and Bill Kiernan at the event

Many disability leaders from across the nation were in attendance of this event including AUCD’s Andy Imparato, Symme Trachtenberg from the Philadelphia LEND and Bill Kiernan from the UCEDD in Boston.

 

The White House regularly spotlights community leaders from across the nation as part of its “Champions of Change” series.