Meet Wendy (California)!

"Employment is the key to independence."

Laila Wendy, a woman in her thirties with a blue shirt. Wendy is a Placement Specialist with the Helen Keller National Center providing job readiness training programs to prepare DeafBlind participants to receive, retain, and excel at a new job.

Listen to a podcast with Wendy and National APSE's Erica Belois-Pacer to hear more about her work and life. Wendy shares her experience as a sibling and with family coming to the US from El Salvador as refugees.

Wendy says of her work, "My goal is to nurture the individual's desire to be self-sufficient and to have choices to live their best life. Hence, employment and the pre-skills are what will ultimately allow the individual with a disability or not, to live fully as all humans should."

a deafbliind chef stirring a pot of food at work wWhle wearing his uniform.

Plus, hear a great story about Kevin Tong, who was featured as the "DeafBlind chef"! Read a news article about Tong from the San Diego Union-Tribune.

NDEAM poster 2021.
El cartel es de forma rectangular con un fondo de color óxido intenso. Una representación en color crema de los Estados Unidos y sus territorios se extienden a lo largo del cartel y está cubierta con ilustraciones de personas de diversas razas, tamaños y discapacidades con trajes coloridos. Escrito en negro en el centro del mapa está el tema de NDEAM 2021, America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion. Bajo el tema en letras más pequeñas están las palabras Mes de Concientización Nacional del Empleo de Personas con Discapacidades. A lo largo de la parte inferior (de izquierda a derecha) está el logotipo de DOL, seguido del logotipo de ODEP, seguido de las palabras Office of Disability Employment Policy United States Department of Labor. En la esquina inferior derecha está el sitio web de ODEP,, con el hashtagNDEAM debajo.

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month!




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