Toolkit Includes Free Resources for Job Seekers with Disabilities and Employers Embracing Employees with Disabilities
Washington, D.C., June 4 – In coordination with this Tuesday’s episode of Born This Way, RespectAbility has released the Born This Way Fan Guide with free resources for a variety of individuals with disabilities. The guide includes free tools, contacts, information and services around:
- Job Seekers with Disabilities
- Employers Embracing Employees with Disabilities
- Education Resources on Disability Issues
- Policy Makers
- Entertainment Professionals
- Sex Education
- Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Inclusive Philanthropy
Download a PDF of the guide: Born This Way Fan Guide – Free Resources You Can Use (PDF).
Download an accessible Word document of the guide: Born This Way Fan Guide – Free Resources You Can Use (DOCX).
Born This Way, which won an Emmy for being the best reality show on television, is a breakthrough show starring seven young adults with Down syndrome who are striving to gain jobs, independent living, love, fun and friendships. It shows the casts’ real-life quests to achieve employment and/or start their own companies.
Tuesday’s episode shows when several members of the cast attended a summit, entitled “Ending Stigmas & Bigotry: Expanding Employment for People with Disabilities,” co-hosted by Rep. Brad Sherman and RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for people with disabilities. Together, participants brainstormed new ideas and made connections to move the needle forward on the employment of people with disabilities.
Today companies including Ernst & Young (EY), AT&T, Starbucks and others have shown that employees with disabilities are loyal, successful and help them make more money. That’s because people with disabilities bring unique characteristics, talents and loyalty to the workplace that benefit employers and organizations. People with disabilities can work in hospitals, eldercare, retail, hospitality, start companies, computer programming and other fields.