October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This year’s theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month is: “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.”

The theme is meant to highlight the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“NDEAM is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy,” according to a statement issued by the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy.

In a statement, President Biden said,  “All Americans should be proud that we have made substantial progress since the days before the ADA — when an employer could refuse to hire you because of a disability, when a person using a wheelchair could not take a bus or a train to work, and when a person with a disability could be denied service in a restaurant or grocery store. Now, 31 years later, it is the shared responsibility of all of us to tear down the barriers that remain for people with disabilities and to ensure that all Americans have the chance to find good jobs and build good lives — for themselves and for the good of our entire Nation.” 

Learn more about NDEAM and related events, including a planned virtual celebration featuring U.S. Secretary of Labor Mary Welch and US Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh and Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn Williams celebrate NDEAM


ANCOR releases State of America’s Direct Support Workforce

A new survey by ANCOR finds COVID-19 pandemic further decimating the nation’s direct care workforce. Among the survey’s findings of nearly 450 people in August 2021:

  • 77% of providers are turning away new referrals due to insufficient staffing
  • 58% of providers are discontinuing programs and services due to insufficient staffing
  • 84% of providers are delaying the launch of new programs or services due to insufficient staffing.
  • 81% of providers are struggling to achieve quality standards due to insufficient staffing.
  • 92% of providers continue to grapple with the impact of of the pandemic on recruitment and retention
  • 92.5% of respondents indicated “Industries that previously paid comparable wages now pay employees more than my organization can afford to pay.”
  • 86.2% of respondents indicated “DSP wages are lower than income provided by unemployment or other state or federal safety net benefits.” Read the full survey.

UCP’s Professional Learing Series continues Dec. 6

Our next presentation of the Professional Learning Series happens December 6 with Dr. Angela Sinner. Her presentation is titled: “Cerebral Palsy: Early Evaluation and Intervention.” (Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded.) Registration information coming soon.

Thank you for your support.


Armando A. Contreras


The Case for Inclusion 2021 Special Report examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on community-based disability services and provides a blueprint for a more sustainable disability services system.

Read the Case for Inclusion Report 2021.

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