National Disability Employment Awareness Month -
Poster and Activities
Each fall since 1999, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities produces a poster celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October. Artwork for the poster is selected by a submission and judging process and is open to any Texas artist with a disability. For information on the submission process download the Submission Guidelines and Entry Form or send us a message. If you encounter any problems opening either of these files, get the free Acrobat Reader.
The colorful and beautiful 18 x 24 inch posters are displayed in businesses, government offices, schools and colleges across the State. Apple Specialty Advertising donates the design and layout for the NDEAM posters. “We believe the posters provide a worthwhile avenue for highlighting talented individuals with disabilities,” said Jane Thomas, a partner in the company. Thomas uses a wheelchair and is a breast cancer survivor. The Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities would like to thank the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services for graciously printing 2,500 posters each year for distribution throughout the state of Texas.
In addition to displaying artwork in venues around the State, the posters are displayed alongside the original artwork at the office of the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, located at 1100 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas. Beginning September 1 each year, we accept orders for free posters for offices and businesses, as well as for October NDEAM celebrations throughout the state. Please send us a message or phone our office at 512-463-5739 or your relay provider of choice.
NDEAM Poster Brochures in large print are also available upon request.
The Texas NDEAM Posters are distributed each fall FREE of charge to be displayed in various venues to promote the hiring and inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. To order one or more posters, please send us a message or call 512-463-5739. Supplies are limited.
Description of Poster
At the top of the poster, just above the artist's painting, the text says National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2015 in white lettering on a blue background. Just below is the artist's artwork, a beautiful blonde horse with a white mane blowing in the wind, running and turning to the left as if to leap outside the frame. Behind the horse are deep green trees and sprinkles of yellow wildflowers. Below the artwork is the 2015 NDEAM theme in yellow lettering: “My disability is one part of who I am;” below that is the Artist’s Statement next to a headshot photo of the artist, Astrid Wienken.
My name is Astrid Wienken. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2003. Two years ago, I collapsed. I was paralyzed; I couldn’t walk or move my right arm or hand. An MRI showed various lesions, some as big as tumors. I still experience body and muscle fatigue every day. My right hand and leg are still weak and in pain, and my memory is not as sharp as it was, but the option of giving up didn’t exist then and never will. I’ve always seen myself as a strong and independent woman. Since I could no longer use my right hand, I focused on teaching my left hand to paint. Being able to pursue my artistic passion after all that I went through – and continue to go through – is to me the greatest gift of all. Painting is my therapy, my outlet, my inner savior, and I want to share it with others. With MS, it is a common thing to feel isolated; being able to share my art with others diminishes that feeling. I love horses, as they stand for freedom, power and strength. Being able to express myself through paintings is my savior. I even heard family and friends say that they actually love my left-handed paintings better than anything I had ever done with my right hand. In that statement alone, to me, comes peace and happiness. Always Believe in Yourself, Stand Tall and You Will Prevail.
Three logos are posted at the bottom: The Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, Apple Specialty Advertising, and the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services. Website addresses are included.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation for 2015
What Can YOU Do to Advance the Employment of People with Disabilities?
In support of the What Can YOU Do? outreach effort, the Campaign for Disability Employment is pleased to present the following video tools. Help us spread the word about the value and talent that people with disabilities bring to the workplace by sharing these videos and playing the Campaign for Disability Employment’s “I Can” public service announcement (PSA).
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PO Box 12428
Austin TX 78711
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