October and Disability Awareness — 2019

ICYMI "In Case You Missed It!"

Throughout October, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services highlighted aspects of disability awareness for national disability employment, dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD and Down syndrome.

Check out the stories below.

Down Syndrome


Dan & EmmaOh, the Places You Will Go! | 10/2/2019

Dan and Emma have been friends for a long time. During their friendship, they have become disability right activists and their own personal advocates. Their shared dream was to attend college.


RubyRuby’s Story: Inclusion, Self-Advocacy, and a Future that Could Include College | 10/8/2019

Ruby’s mom shares their experience with inclusion, Ruby’s self-advocacy growth, and aspirations for Ruby to attend college


ZoeBlue, Purple and Green: How I Color Coded my Child Into Middle School | 10/16/2019

Suzanne’s daughter Zoe was born with mosaic Down syndrome. Zoe started middle school last month. Read how Suzanne and Zoe worked together on a color-coding system to ease the transition to sixth grade and help Zoe stay organized and on task.


Dria-and-DaughtersMy Ever-Evolving Journey: Mom, Advocate, Board of Education Member | 10/19/2019

Dria, the mother of two teen daughters, highlights her journey as a mother, advocate for her daughter who has Down syndrome and as a local school board member.


Emily and Delaney“I Deserve to be Me!” A Mother and Daughter Reflect on School Days and Plans for the Future | 10/22/2019

As part of Best Buddies at her high school and as a Special Olympics Cheerleader, Delaney knows how to work hard but still have fun. Meet Delaney, a youth advocate with Down syndrome, and her mother Emily.


ADHD | Dyslexia | Learning Disabilities


Julia KabackFlipping the Script on my Limitations | 10/3/2019
Americorps fellow Julia always dreamed about working at the National Park Service. Julia, a community volunteer ambassador at the National Parks of New York Harbor, explained how she discussed her learning disability with colleagues and identified accommodations to help her succeed.

Savannah Trevino-CasiasIn Pursuit of a Dream | 10/11/2019
Savannah, an aspiring clinical mental health counselor, has dyscalculia, a math learning disability. She’s a month into her Arizona State University master’s in counseling program and has worked with professors on accommodations to help create a path for success.

Sheryl GoldsteinOptions and Choice: One Size Does Not Fit All | 10/24/2019
As a mother with a learning disability who has children with learning disabilities, Sheryl Goldstein found one size did not fit all when it came to education.

Alyssia JacksonWords of Advice from a Triple Threat | 10/30/2019
Alyssia works in human resources and has a learning disability. She shared her experiences and advice for the interview process and self-advocacy.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month


2019 NDEAM PosterNDEAM 2019 — The Right Talent, Right Now | 10/1/2019
October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “The Right Talent, Right Now,” celebrated contributions of workers with disabilities and highlights the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

Amanda CarrCareer Pathways Advancement Project — Individuals with Disabilities Find Work That Best Fits Them | 10/4/2019
Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation’s Career Pathways Advancement Project (CPAP) helps vocational rehabilitation clients explore and access opportunities to advance their employment. Learn about four individuals helped by Nebraska VR.

Kenneth SingletaryTransitions and Transmissions: VR Services Help Teen Roadmap a Career Path | 10/7/2019
Thanks to a partnership with Maryland’s Division of Rehabilitation Services and University of Maryland’s Way2Work Maryland program, student Kenneth created a career roadmap to pursue auto mechanics.

Shannon ColeVocational Rehabilitation Success Stories from the Sunshine State | 10/9/2019
Florida’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers various vocational rehabilitation services to Floridians. Learn more about five vocational rehabilitation customers who found new careers or switched to a life of self-employment.

EthanThe Power of Partnerships | 10/10/2019
Ethan, a young man with Autism, secured a paid internship last spring thanks in part to a Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation’s National Employment Team, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Michigan Tech partnership.

Josh GentryCreating Access to Successful Employment | 10/15/2019
The Kentucky Career Center’s Project CASE helps Kentuckians with disabilities like Barbara and Josh, who are blind, work with their employers to establish supports to help them succeed at work.

Theo BrooksI Can Do Anything: Learning Job Basics and Preparing for the Future | 10/17/2019
When Theo lost his food industry job, he felt defeated until his mom found INCLUDEnyc, a program that helps young people with disabilities. They helped Theo apply for positions and prepare for interviews. He’s now employed.

Kristy Vocational Rehabilitation for Individuals with Disabilities from High School and College Youth to Adults | 10/21/2019
The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. Learn more about five people from Maine who found support and success through vocational rehabilitation.

Axel and CeliaThe Dual Customer: Individuals with Disabilities and Business | 10/22/2019
Maryland’s Division of Rehabilitation Services referred Celia to CVS Health in 2017. Since then, she has been promoted twice.

Jamel BerryGetting Where I Need to Go: Traveling Opens Doors | 10/25/2019
Growing up in New York City, Jamel relied on school buses for transportation. With help from INCLUDEnyc, he mastered public transit enabling him to travel to work. Jamel also worked with New York State’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation to secure a job with Salesforce.

Chance DyakanoffExploring Career Opportunities in Alaska | 10/28/2019
Alaska Labor’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation offers numerous programs to support individuals with disabilities, including their Explore program — a hands-on career exploration opportunity in high-demand fields.

Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)Virginia Agency Successes Look Different for Each Individual | 10/31/2019

Two stories highlight how the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services provides intensive consumer support to help their clients prepare for, obtain and continue to work successfully.


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