As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), National APSE and our APSE State Chapters will be conducting a state-led Take Your Legislator to Work Day campaign. The objective of this campaign is to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities and the belief that employment and careers should be the expected and preferred outcomes of all publicly funded services for individuals with disabilities, i.e. Employment First. Essentially, we want to show our state legislators “Real Jobs with Real Wages!”
The goal of Take Your Legislator to Work Day is to ask employees with disabilities to invite their legislator(s) to visit their workplace to show first-hand the power of community-integrated employment for people with disabilities. The Take Your Legislator to Work Day provides a powerful opportunity to showcase the skills and talents of people with disabilities in the workplace. We believe by bringing legislators into workplaces and demonstrating first-hand the impact employees with disabilities have on the workplace will do more to educate them on the power of integrated employment than simply reading fact sheets.
The Take Your Legislator to Work Day is simple! Although visits may be different, we encourage all participants to do the following:
- Provide a 30-45 minute tour of their workplace highlighting where the employee works and the job duties they preform,
- Introduce the legislator to the employee’s co-workers and employer, and
- Discuss their experience working in a job in the community.
People with disabilities who are interested in participating in Take Your Legislator to Work Day campaign should follow the steps detailed within the toolkit: 2015 Take Your Legislator to Work Day Toolkit
Please visit the websites below to identify the legislators who represent you:
U.S. House and Senate
House of Representatives: http://www.house.gov/Welcome.shtml
United States Senate: http://senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
State Legislator: http://thomas.loc.gov/home/state-legislatures.html