People with disabilities represent the single largest and diverse minority in the country and are a major untapped resource pool of qualified employees. For those with developmental disabilities, only 25% are employed, yet roughly half of unemployed Texans with developmental disabilities say they want to work.
March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Texas Workforce Commission is proud to partner with the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities to promote Side-By-Side Texas, a social media campaign that is designed to raise awareness about the importance of inclusion of people of all abilities.
By focusing on inclusion in the workplace, people with disabilities can be empowered to bring their ideas and innovation forward from a unique perspective. Managers and executives who employ people with disabilities report high productivity, positive job performance, and low attrition rates.
If your company or organization employs individuals with disabilities, consider participating in Side-By-Side Texas. Businesses that employ people with disabilities can help raise awareness about inclusion by encouraging their employees to participate.
It’s easy to get involved in Side-By-Side Texas – just follow these three simple steps:
- Use your phone or camera to take a photo or short video of your employees working together or helping a customer, side-by-side.
- Add the photo or video to your favorite social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
- Include the hashtag #SideBySideTX and post your photo or video.
In October 2016, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Texas Workforce Solutions board partners collaborated to launch the Texas HireAbility campaign. The campaign’s goals are to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and connect Texas employers with job seekers with disabilities.
All over Texas, people with and without disabilities participate in meaningful employment, make contributions to their communities, and have fun together — side-by-side.