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My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am

National Disability Employment Awareness poster for 2015.

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM educates about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Throughout the month, VR offices will engage in activities such as Disability Mentoring Day, Job Fairs and Open Houses (see Events) to educate students, clients and businesses about disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture.

The theme for this year is “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am,” which encapsulates the important message that people with disabilities are just that: people.

"Like all people, we are the sum of many parts, including our work experiences,” says Jennifer Sheehy, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy. “Disability is an important perspective we bring to the table, but, of course, it’s not the only one.”

Watch the Campaign for Disability Employment Because video.

The 2015 theme also complements the Campaign for Disability Employment’s Who I Am television public service announcement. This announcement features nine diverse people with disabilities—some obvious and some not—sharing the many ways they describe themselves, from personal interests to family relationships to occupations. Among them is actor RJ Mitte, known for his work on the AMC series Breaking Bad.

NDEAM began in 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” The word "physically" was deleted in 1962 to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. The week was expanded to a month by Congress in 1988 and its name was also changed to NDEAM. NDEAM is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Get more information about NDEAM, including specific ideas for how different types of organizations can participate.

Get more information about the What Can You Do Campaign.

State of South Carolina Governor’s Proclamation

WHEREAS, South Carolinians with disabilities have the same aspirations to competitively work and contribute to their communities as everyone else; and

WHEREAS, business and community leaders have called for a diverse and capable work force to further advance the South Carolina economy; and

WHEREAS, the support and cooperation of all people are needed to reduce the attitudinal and physical barriers that hinder full acceptance of people with disabilities and their rightful place in employment; and

WHEREAS, Disability Employment Awareness Month recognizes that individuals with disabilities are capable, contributing members of society worthy of full access and inclusion in South Carolina’s workforce.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Nikki R. Haley, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 2015, as


throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to identify barriers to employment for persons with disabilities and continue to work toward improvements to ensure a competitive wage in an integrated environment for all South Carolina’s citizens.


Around the state

ServSafe certified in Sumter

Thirteen clients from the Sumter Area Office completed ServSafe Training on August 18, 2015.

ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program administered by the National Restaurant Association. The program is accredited by American National Standards Institute and the Conference for Food Protection.

Photo (l to r): Clients Melissa Johnson, Jasmine Williams, Courtney Wilson, Marcus Edwards, Courtney Tomlin, Felicia Robinson, Lavondria Johnson; Area Supervisor John Hornsby. Not pictured: Malik Sutton, Aaliyah Alston, Betty Pack, Annette Robinson.

Walterboro office featured in The Press and Standard

The Walterboro office’s breakfast for business owners and community owners was recently featured in The Press and Standard.

Community involvement: Greenville

Photo: David Turnipseed, Greenville Area Supervisor (fourth from the left), and the management team of Greenville Mental Health (left to right): Kelly Prasun, Allan Blake, Dr. Evan Vogle, Dona Cahn, April Marie Simpson, Dr. Al Edwards, Lu Rogers, Zuly Gonzalez, and Susan Marshburn.

Greenville Area Supervisor David Turnipseed and Holmesview Center Special Services Coordinator Ernie Lathrop recently hosted a Lunch & Learn for the management team of Greenville Mental Health. After touring Holmesview Center, one of VR’s two residential substance abuse treatment centers, the participants held a roundtable discussion and brainstorming session to explore how each organization can work together to better serve those with mental health or substance abuse issues.

Q Quotes

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

—Lou Holtz

Did you know...

...that September 24, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of Executive Order (EO) 11246 and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)?

The OFCCP was established to help ensure equal employment opportunity for workers. The EO mandated that federal departments and agencies impose non–discrimination and affirmative action rules in all federal contracts and federally–assisted construction projects.

Today the OFCCP continues to enforce the contractual promise of affirmative action and equal employment opportunity required of those who do business with the federal government and recently implemented new regulations to improve job opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Find out more about the OFCCP.


October 6, 9am-1pm - Midlands Job Fair at the SC National Guard Armory, 1255 Bluff Road, Columbia, SC 29201.
  Download the Midlands Job Fair flyer
October 7, 9am-12pm - Our Open House is an opportunity for local businesses, referral sources, and community partners to meet and learn more about VR.

Attendees will tour the Lexington Area Office and VR West Columbia Campus. There will be a presentation about Quality One (Q1), which emphasizes the individualized services our clients and business partners receive.
  For more information, call 803-896-6333 or 866-206-5184 (toll free)
Rock Hill
October 12 - Disability Mentoring Day for Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and Chester schools.
October 18, 7pm-10pm - Manufacturing Talent Fair
October 30 - Disability Mentoring Day for Clover and York schools
  For more information, call 803-327-7106
October 14-16 - SCVRA Annual Meeting at Embassy Suites-Greenville, 670 Verdae Boulevard, Greenville, SC 29607.
  For more information, visit scvra.net
October 21, 11:30am-1:30pm - Drop-In
  For more information, call 864-229-5827 or 866-443-0162 (toll free)
October 21, 10am-2pm (10am-10:30am for veterans only) Job Fair at the TB Thomas Sports Center, 701 W Washington St, Hartsville, SC 29550.
  For more information, call 843-332-2262 or 843-479-8318
October 22, 11am-1pm - Open House at 855 York Street NE, Aiken, SC 29801. In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
  For more information, call 803-641-7630 or 800-861-9410 (toll free)
October 27, 11am-1pm - Our Open House is an opportunity for you to visit our office, tour our facility, learn about our services, and meet our staff.
  For more information, contact Janice Lathan or Beth Baker at 803-469-2960
October 27, 11am-1pm - Come tour our facility, learn about our services, and meet our staff during our Open House.
  For more information, contact Betty Cooper or Shontasia Cumbee at 864-354-5252

Preparing and assisting eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment

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