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Episode 61: Employment First and the ADA: Working Together

Wednesday, October 3, 2018


Resources for Episode 61: Employment First and the ADA: Working Together

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Episode 61 Transcript (PDF file)
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Jenny Stonemeier, Executive Director – APSE National


What is Employment First and why does it matter to people with disabilities? Employment First is a value that every person with a disability has a FIRST employment option in an integrated workplace earning competitive wages. Employment First is a mindset, an outcome, and a commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities are working in real jobs for real pay.

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), learn about Employment First and how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) work together for people with disabilities in the workforce.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of individuals with disabilities in the workforce throughout American history and promotes the value of a workforce inclusive of diverse skills and talents. The theme for NDEAM 2018 is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” For more information, resources, and ideas, visit the website:

Also, the third Wednesday of October is Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) which promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring. Learn more and get involved at

In addition, check out the videos and toolkit from The Campaign for Disability Employment. “At work, it’s what people CAN do that matters” – visit the website: