At last week’s National Disability Forum, the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the availability of $1.6 million in grant funding for Add Us In, a strategic initiative to identify and increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Summarizing on its web site, ODEP states, “Over the past 10 years, minority-owned businesses have grown at approximately double the rate of all firms in the U.S. economy.”
“Given this level of growth in the small business community, one of the high-priority goals of the Add Us In Initiative is to create business engagement models that can be replicated on a national scale. Related to this goal is the companion goal of building national and local networks of experts skilled in connecting small employers with the underutilized talent pool that is people with disabilities.”
In her blog, Assistant Secretary of Labor Kathy Martinez states, “… work is about dignity and respect.”
What values do you associate with work? With having a career?