October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment month and we wanted to tell you about a few things we are working on to celebrate. All this month ILWAD will be featuring disability employment articles, resources, and editorials. Please check back with us to take advantage of all the information we will be dishing. Also, I participated in a disability employment project with CareerBuilder, an online career and job resource website, and we (ILWAD) were mentioned!

I have been working with WorkBuzz.com, CareerBuilder’s online work blog; Anthony Balderrama from CareerBuilder contacted me to be a consultant for an article on disability employment. The thought of doing a project that would reach thousands of readers thrilled me. This would be an opportunity to share resources within our community, as well as bring awareness to others who don’t know much about employing people with disabilities.

One of my passions, as you may already know, is to assist others with disabilities find meaningful employment. The first article I participated in, Job Seeking When You Have A Disability;  I offered tips and suggestions to job seekers with disabilities. James Medley, another one of our ILWAD contributing writers, also offered his experience with having a disability while seeking work. James and I would like to share this article with you, hoping that it will provide you with some insight and tips. We were also really pleased to have seen the article be picked up by the online news site, Newsday.

Since the first article had such a great response, Anthony contacted me to author a follow up article on tips for handling disability disclosure on the job, When and How to Disclose a Disability on the Job. This was a great topic for me to write on because I am asked this question all the time when working with clients: Does my employer need to know about my disability? What should I say? How do I say it? I hope that you will find this article useful and please feel free to pass it along to your friends or coworkers. It’s a great way to bring awareness to hiring people with disabilities, as well as dealing with a disability on the job.

More disability employment articles to come via CareerBuilder’s WorkBuzz.com, so be on the lookout for those. Hopefully, more people will become aware of our worthy contributions to the workforce, and our community will become a stronger presence in the work world.

Feel free to comment below on the articles. Did you find anything useful? Do you have any employment tips?

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