As you may know, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. During the month of October, Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services will be embarking on an exciting social media campaign targeting transition-age youth in Indiana. The campaign, #Work4LifeIN, will be promoted by FSSA and many of our community partners such as the Centers for Independent Living, Department of Education, and Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. #Work4LifeIN will provide an outlet for VRS to encourage discussion of the many benefits of employment for young people with disabilities, as well as to promote awareness about the employment concerns of such youth and how VRS can help. By posting videos or selfies with our #Work4LifeIN sign to our designated Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, transition-age participants will be able to tell the story of the importance of work in their lives. There may be no better way to encourage youth with disabilities to consider the positive impact that work can make on their future than by hearing it from their peers.
You may ask, “How can I help?” First you can consider following us on twitter. You can encourage individuals with disabilities to tweet videos or selfies with our #Work4LifeIN sign to our designated Twitter (@IndianaVR) account. Additionally, you can retweet to help our participants tell the story of the importance of work in their lives. There may be no better way to encourage youth with disabilities to consider the positive impact that work can make on their future than by hearing it from their peers. Together, we can spread the word that young Hoosiers with disabilities are ready and able to work!
Attached are the different size signs that can be used for the campaign. I also attached one of me so you can see what we are referring to. I put this on Twitter and my Facebook account. But the most important aspect to this to raise awareness and create a positive impact. So what do you work 4? Your retirement, your grandkids, for your community, etc.? Please consider helping us spread the word. We will have a press release on Monday. Feel free to send these out to our community partners.
PERI ROGOWSKI, M.S.
Bureau of Rehabilitation Service
Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services
Family and Social Services Administration
402 W. Washington St. P.O. Box 7083, W453, MS 20
Indianapolis, IN 46207