The Winners of the 2013 TNEmployment Idol Contest were:
This is a story about Robert, a young man that was told he would never amount to much. He’s proving the world wrong.
With the assistance of the disABILITY Resource Center’s Supported Employment program, Keith Eatherly has been working as a Yard Man at Ross Prestress Concrete Inc. since March 2012. He works 16 hours per week, and he feels the job is a great fit for him due to his ability to stay busy and physically fit. While he currently maintains the grounds of the facility, he will have the opportunity for advancement in the near future. This job has meant a great deal to Keith, and he enjoys a more fulfilled life physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
It is important to note that Liam Brown, the creator of this film, is a person with a disability. He works as a Peer Support Specialist at the disABILITY Resource Center, a Center for Independent Living, whose vision is that the world will be a place where people with disabilities live independent and meaningful lives.
Tennessee Employment Idol 2013 contest – Chris Blakeslee!!!! Like and Share with your friend and family! This young man works very hard, we want to show him how proud we are of him!
TNEmployment Idol – Impact Centers, Inc. Supported Employment Cindy LOVES her job at Goodwill.
Other Success Stories:
A Call to Focus on Finding Jobs for Those with Disabilities from July 25, 2012 PBS NEWSHOUR
Adrian Pitts, a 2012 Tennessee Employment Idol prize winner, is profiled by WBIR.
Anthony at your Service: A video about a customized self-employment venture of a young man with autism.
Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana, appeared as one of 54 beauty queens in the 2012 Miss America pageant. She reached the top 15, winning the America’s Choice Award for getting the most online votes from the viewers. She also has autism. Her message is a critical one: We should celebrate our differences, not feel ashamed of them. Read more.
Apostrophe Magazine, published by AWARE, Inc., features stories about people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities living productive lives and achieving success at home, at work and at play. The magazine’s title comes from its core message about people “overcoming apostrophes in their own lives. Forget can’t and don’t. We can and do.”
“The Autism Advantage at Work,” an article from the December 2, 2012 edition of The New York Times Magazine which profiled Specialisterne, the software testing company that utilizes the cognitive strengths of people with Asperger’s Syndrome and HFA. Specialisterne is establishing a presence in the United States. Read the article here. Founder Thorkil Sonne was interviewed on a recent NPR broadcast; listen to the archive.
Autism in the Workplace Autism Speaks is pleased to highlight individuals with autism who are working as well as testimonials from their employers.
“Because.” This PSA and poster campaign from the Campaign for Disability Employment features real people with disabilities — not actors — who are pursuing and realizing their goals and passions as a result of the support they received from everyday people in their lives. Because nearly 1 out of 5 Americans has a disability, the PSA is intended to replace myths and misperceptions about disability employment with new views of what people with disabilities can do.
“Connecting to the Future: Employment and Disabilities,” presented by the Tennessee Developmental Disabilities Network and produced by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, has been posted to the VKC Web site and is available for viewing. Included in the video are Erik Carter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education, and two individuals with disabilities who have found gainful and meaningful employment after school. Click here to see the video.
A Gift of Hope: Project Opportunity at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Filling business needs with qualified people living with developmental disabilities since 2005.
Hiring Disabled Workers Can Make Companies More Efficient: Report: Read about the success of Walgreens and other companies that make hiring people with disabilities a priority.
“Making It Work” video about the King County School-to-Work Program. The video was sponsored by King County’s Developmental Disabilities Division and was made possible through a collaboration of King County employees, employers, families, schools, employment specialists, and community members. It was produced by videographer Don Porter and the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment. 5:47.
Megan’s Ticket to Work Success Story Megan’s disability is a mental illness.
On the job:Stories from youth with disabilities
by Beth Swedeen, Molly Cooney, Erik W. Carter, and Colleen Moss
from the Natural Supports Project, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Waisman Center University of Wisconsin-Madison
Policies in Practice videos profile people with disabilities working in their communities.
Possibilities – a series of videos focuses on the lives and accomplishments of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Each 4-7 minute video highlights one individual’s journey, along with their family and friends, and shows the myriad possibilities and options that all people have as they grow up, become independent, and pursue their life’s dreams and goals.
Profiles in Achievement: Amazing People with Learning Differences DVD (2009) A collection of stories meant to inspire and encourage all learners and show that having difficulties in school doesn’t mean they’re stupid and that they can focus on their strengths to make important contributions to society. Includes teacher’s resource book and student handouts with pre/post test. 26 minutes.$139.95
Real People, Real Jobs. This site features individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities working in paid jobs in their communities.
Rising Tide Car Wash Get a quality car wash while providing jobs for adults with autism at the same time. The brainchild of a family with an autistic son, Andrew, now 22, the entrepreneur dad and non-autistic brother came up with the idea to launch a business that could use the strengths of people with autism to offer a superior product. The business would provide badly needed jobs for the autistic, who face unemployment rates estimated at 90 percent.
Tennessee Employment Idol Video Contest entries on a YouTube Channel.
Tennessee Employment Idol 2012 Video Contest results revealed! See information about the contest, how the voting was done and pictures of the award winners!
The Tennessean: ‘Employment Idol’ feels pinch of job cuts
Robert Page, an employee for 15 years at Harris-Hillman Special Education School in Green Hills and the winner of a 2012 statewide video contest in which adults with disabilities share their employment success stories is losing his job because of a decrease in federal stimulus funds. Lynnette Henderson, associate director of community services for the Vanderbilt University Kennedy Center, which co-sponsored the contest, is quoted.
Tennessee Kindred Stories of Disability A collection of stories from individuals with disabilities, families, friends, and disability service providers in Tennessee about employment of people with disabilities.
Teacher Born with Down syndrome: Columbia, SC (WLTX) – One local assistant teacher at Kindermusik is living proof that with motivation and a positive attitude there is nothing that can’t be accomplished.
Tennessee AgrAbility Success Stories:
Think Beyond the Label’s Success Stories Read about hiring workers with disabilities, and how they’ve evolved the workforce for the better.
Tim’s Place is a unique full service restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico serving breakfast, lunch and hugs. Tim Harris serves as the inspiration for our unique restaurant concept. He and his father Keith were recently featured as the Father’s Day story in the On The Road with Steve Hartman segment of the CBS Evening News.
Profiles in Achievement: Amazing People with Learning Differences DVD (2009)This program is a collection of stories meant to inspire and encourage all learners. For those with LD, the stories show that having difficulties in school doesn’t mean they’re stupid and that they can focus on their strengths to make important contributions to society. Includes teacher’s resource book and student handouts with pre/post test.26 minutes.$139.95
2012 “What can YOU do?” video contest winning videos. The Campaign for Disability Employment’s contest, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, challenged filmmakers to produce videos showing the diverse skills that people with disabilities offer.
Workforce Recruitment Program Graduate’s Success Story Outlined in the Washington Post Tyler Kirk works as a lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), where he was a student intern through the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) in 2010 and 2011. Kirk, who is blind, earned degrees in economics and law, and now works in the SEC’s Investment Management Division. Says Kirk, “This is my dream job, and how could you not be happy working in your dream job?”