National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated each October by King County to honor the many contributions made by people with disabilities and how these people strengthen our workforce, our communities and our country.
Over the past year, the Disability Awareness Committee has organized an extensive series of articles and events to highlight these contributions, including:
Universal design for meetings, events and training: This event was hosted by the King County Department of Human Resources and featured Blayne Amson, City of Bellevue Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI Program Administrator. Amson spoke about his work applying universal design principles to meetings, trainings and events. Blayne is a power chair user, holds a Masters in Disability Studies, and has over 15 years of experience helping non-disabled people adopt an anti-capable lens in the work they do. View the event online here.
Disability Awareness Month Employee Panel: This panel, titled “So I Disclosed My Disability, What’s Next?”, featured employees with disabilities who shared their personal experiences of disclosing their disability, from a supervisor’s perspective, alongside a representative from the Disability Department who shared the resources available to support employees with disabilities and the housing navigation process. View the online panel here and learn more about the panel here.
Considering accessibility in capital improvement projects: This webinar featured the King County Wastewater Division discussing how to better consider accessibility in projects to support project teams and our communities, a top priority as King County achieves major capital projects to build roads, storm and sewage utilities, transportation facilities and more. Watch the webinar online here.
To get involved in organizing events and programs that celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, better known as the ADA, each July, and National Month Disability Employment Outreach in October, please contact Christina Davidson at Christina [email protected]
Additional Services, Resources and Contact Information for Persons with Disabilities in King County
As employees of King County, our True North guides the work we do and the services we provide, “making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive.”
As an employer, King County offers the same commitment to those who bring this mission to life. Guided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and our commitment to equity and social justice, King County provides a range of services and supports for employees with disabilities.
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