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My Interview with Daniel Aronoff: A Visible Lives Oral History Project Guest Blog

This is a guest blog post by Deena Greenberg, interviewer for Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. Deena conducted her first interview for the project with storyteller Daniel Aronoff on Tuesday, November 18. After you read her post, you can listen to Deena’s interview with Daniel. Read More ›

Celebrating Our Launch: Visible Lives Oral History Project!

On Saturday, November 22 at Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, we celebrated the launch of Visible Lives: Oral Histories of the Disability Experience, The New York Public Library’s community-based initiative to make public and preserve stories of the disability experience.Read More ›

Oral Histories of the Disability Experience: Share Your Story

The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library is launching an oral history project that will be the largest community-based effort of its kind to collect and document stories of the disability experience, and we want you to share your story.Read More ›

Laying the Path for Career Success

November is National Career Development Month, and Maria Town, policy advisor in the Office of Disability Employment Policy, wrote “Laying the Path for Career Success,” about the importance of Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) in helping students explore the possibilities for life after high school. Read More ›

Making an Accessible Accessibility Resource Fair at the Andrew Heiskell Library

Andrew Heiskell Library hosted the first Technology, Culture, and Community Fair for People who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Physically Disabled, welcoming 32 vendors, 16 featured speakers, and over 200 attendees.Read More ›

Reading About Workers Who Can

Kathy Martinez contributed three books to the Books that Shaped Work in America collection: Workforce of One, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, and David and Goliath. Reading About Workers Who Can is a blog post by Carl Fillicho, senior advisor for public affairs and communications at the U.S. Department of Labor. Read More ›

Expect. Employ. Empower. with Data

A Department of Labor post by Heidi Shierholz, chief economist at the Department of Labor and Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy.Read More ›

Disability Employment Champions of Change

This is the Department of Labor blog post authored by Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy.Read More ›

National Coming Out Day: Out at Work

This is the Department of Labor blog post authored by Mary Beth Maxwell, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor and a senior advisor to Secretary Perez.Read More ›

Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces

Unite magazine, a bi-monthly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business publication, featured Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez in an article "Working Together to Promote Inclusive Workplaces" in its October/November issue. Read More ›

Expanding the Definition of Workplace Flexibility

This is the Department of Labor blog post, authored by Kathy Mantinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Read More ›

Building Inclusion: Expect. Employ. Empower.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez kicked off the celebration with her blog post, Building Inclusion.Read More ›

SAGEWorks: Free Training Programs

SAGE Works - national employment support program targeted to lesbian, gay,bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people ages 40 and older - will offer the following three career programs in August and September, which are free and open to all job seekers ages 40 and up:Read More ›

Employment First: A Key Component in Community Inclusion

This is the U.S. Department of Labor blog post, authored by Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. Read More ›

Some Books We Can Take Pride In

June is Pride Month and the U.S. Department of Labor's Books that Shaped Work in America project is highlighting books that explore the relationship between work and the LGBT experience. New additions to the list, which include Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" and Brian McNaught's "Gay Issues in the Workplace," show how members of the LGBT community advocated for greater protections against discrimination and harassment while demonstrating the societal and economic benefits of a more diverse and inclusive workplace.  

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Justice and Identity

This is the Department of Labor blog post authored by the Secretary of Labor Tom Perez on June 30, 2014.  In his blog he asserted that our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest and the American Dream excludes no one.

As we celebrate Pride Month and approach the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Labor Department is reaffirming its commitment to equal opportunity for all. That’s why we are updating enforcement protocols and anti-discrimination 

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Presidential Proclamation - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014

Lesian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United State. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. Read More ›

"Same Struggle, Different Difference" - Opportunities for Togetherness

June is Pride Month, and in his June 19 post on the U.S. Department of Labor's blog site, Dylan Orr, Chief of Staff for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, draws parallels between the LGBTQ+ and disability communities in terms of struggle and support.Read More ›

Promoting Good Mental Health for Today's Workforce - and Tomorrow's

The author of this blog post is Rhonda Basha, the leader of the Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP) Youth Policy Team. Rhonda writes about the department's efforts to help people with mental illnesses contribute their considerable skills and talent to America's workforce.Read More ›

Shelly Saves the Future: A Story of Career Development - An Informational Comic

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its research partners have found that Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs)  positively impact all youth's self-determination, leadership abilities, and awareness of career opportunities.  In this info-comic, high school senior Shelly learns how to take charge of her future by using an ILP.

Shelly Saves The Future (pdf)

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