Take Your Legislator to Work
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has made the month of October a time to recognize disability employment. Click here to get more information on what you can do to promote NDEAM.
2018 Take Your Legislator To Work Campaign
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council will again, be sponsoring the “Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign.” The purpose of this campaign is for legislators to job shadow constituents with disabilities at their place of individualized, integrated, employment. This is a great opportunity for you to show your legislators the contributions that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities make to Michigan’s workforce as well as celebrate NDEAM during October.
If you choose to participate you will be able to:
Meet your Michigan Legislators in your home district
Have them tour your workplace, meet your employer and co-workers
Discuss individualized, integrated, employment and why it is important to you.
Job shadowing during the campaign will be scheduled by DD Council staff and will take approximately 1-2 hours. The time scheduled for the job shadow will be coordinated with you and your employer. A NDEAM Kick Off event will be held in Lansing on October 4, 2018 to recognize those who participated. You will receive a formal invitation at a later time, and receive a certificate of appreciation as part of the ceremony.
Please fill out the application below. You also need to have your employer sign the letter of support and return those as indicated on the forms. Once we receive your application and letter of support, we will screen them based on the criterion listed on the application and then contact you. If you have any questions, contact Mary Shehan-Boogaard, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council, Community Inclusion Coordinator, at (517) 284-7288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Take Your Legislator to Work Application Packet (Fillable PDF)
2016 Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign
2015 Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign
2014 Take Your Legislator to Work Campaign
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month Video
- Employment First Report
On September 22nd, 2014 DD Network( MPAS, DDI and DD Council) released a report on Employment First in Michigan. This report outlines the dismal employment circumstances in Michigan for individuals with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
- Employment First
Policy that outlines that people with disabilities are employable and can work in an integrated work environment
- Employment First in Michigan
On August 13, 2013 the Council adopted a set of principles and mission statement for employment first policy in Michigan.
- Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Resources
Here are some resources from ODEP to help celebrate NDEAM. It includes, articles, proclamations, social media posts, posters, and more!