October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

There are many ways that we can bring awareness to providing employment for people with disabilities.

Are you an employer?

  • To learn more about how you can employ an individual with a disability call us at 800-875-9615 and ask to talk to our Supported Employment Director. 

Looking for a job?

  • If you are an individual with a disability looking for a job, we can help you! Call our Supported Employment Director today and find out how our team can help you find gainful and meaningful employment in a field you are interested in.

Find out more information about how you can participate in Disability Employment Awareness Month from the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy at http://www.dol.gov/odep/

See the President’s Proclamation about Disability Employment Awareness Month below.

October 1, 2012

For Immediate Release


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In the 22 years since the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we have made significant progress in giving all Americans the freedom to make of our lives what we will. Yet, in times of prosperity as well as challenge, people with disabilities have had fewer opportunities in our workplaces than those without. As we work to revitalize our economy, it is essential that each of us can bring our talents, expertise, and passion to bear in the marketplace. But a stronger economy is not enough; we must ensure not only full participation, but also full opportunity. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we recognize the indispensable contributions people with disabilities make in our economy and recommit to building a country where each of us can realize the full extent of our dreams.

Because America’s workforce should reflect the diversity of its people — including people with disabilities — my Administration remains committed to helping our businesses, schools, and communities support our entire workforce. To meet this challenge, the Federal Government must be a model employer. That is why I was proud to sign an Executive Order in 2010 that called on Federal agencies to increase recruitment, hiring, and retention of people with disabilities. In 2012, the Office of Personnel Management reported on our progress, revealing that we are moving toward meeting our goal of hiring an additional 100,000 people with disabilities into the Federal workforce over 5 years. Today, more people with disabilities work for the Federal Government than at any time in the past 20 years, and we are striving to make it easier to get and keep those jobs by improving compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

All Americans are entitled to an accessible workplace, a level playing field, and the same privileges, pursuits, and opportunities as any of their family, friends, and neighbors. This month, let us rededicate ourselves to bringing down barriers and raising up aspirations for all our people, regardless of disability, so we may share in a brighter future together.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2012 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I urge all Americans to embrace the talents
and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

Barack Obama

Buddy Walk 2012!!!

“Sunday, October 7th, the Down Syndrome Family Connection will host its 5th annual Buddy Walk at Bryan Park in Bloomington.  The fun begins for the whole family at 1:30pm with live music by the Bloomington Brass Quintet  and Kid Kazooey.  There will also be an outdoor carnival, a bouncy house and more.  Registration opens at 1:30pm with the walk at 3pm.  Free snacks and drinks will be available and people are invited to set up their chairs and blankets for the outdoor concert.  Registration is free, but walkers must register by Sept. 28 to get a t-shirt.  Register, join a team, or make a donation at www.buddywalkinbloomington.info, or email info@downsyndromefamilyconnection.org. “

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Dawn Gray via email or phone: 812 219-1271.  Click here to view the flyer:  BuddyWalkFlyer2012

Thank you for your continued support!
Dawn Gray
Down Syndrome Family Connection, v.p.

Celebrate Direct Support Professional Recognition Week!!

The New York State Legislature designated the week of September 11 as Direct Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week to honor individuals who are committed to supporting people with developmental disabilities of all ages. The U.S. Senate on Sept. 15, unanimously approved a resolution declaring it National DSP Recognition Week.

“Direct Support Professionals enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families every day,” said Stephen E. Freeman, CEO of the YAI Network. “DSPs are the backbone of our service system. They are professionals who go above a beyond to ensure that people with disabilities lead dignified and productive lives in the community.”

The YAI Network is a proud supporter of the American Network of Community Options and Resources’ (ANCOR) National Advocacy Campaign to increase wages and professionalism of all DSPs throughout the nation.

So go and thank a DSP this week for all they do to enhance the lives of those with developmental disabilities!


Call to Artists for Art of Chocolate Submissions is Now Closed

AOC Call for Web


Our entry is now closed for the Art of Chocolate, but the fun has just begun! The most anticipated event of the year is coming soon and we want you to join us!

LIFEDesigns presents the 2013 Art of Chocolate event!

This year we are doing things a bit differently in order to SELL MORE ARTWORK!! We will be kicking off our art sale with selected juried pieces displayed at the IU Art Museum on Sunday, January 27th, 2013 at our Art of Chocolate Gala. This is exactly how we have done this in the past. This year however, we are expanding! We will be displaying ALL of the artwork submitted to us in town for sale in the evenings throughout the week following our Art of Chocolate kick-off event. To cap off the Art of Chocolate Art Sale, we will have all artwork displayed and available for sale on Saturday, February 2nd at CFC’s Fountain Square Mall. This gives everyone many different opportunities to buy submitted artwork that benefits each artist and LIFEDesigns. Keep an eye out as we reveal more details about the various locations the artwork may be on display. 

Questions? Contact us at art@lifedesignsinc.org

Want to purchase tickets? Head to BCT Box Office and get them online TODAY!