Disabilities Employment Awareness Month Poster
Texas recognizes Disability Employment Awareness Month every October; as part of celebrations, the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities (GCPD) produces a poster for display in businesses, government offices, and schools. The posters are designed to spark a conversation about the importance of employment of people with disabilities. The artwork is selected through an art competition open to any Texas artist with a disability. This year's theme is "The Right Talent, Right Now."
GCPD is proud to announce Maegan Bacigalupo as this year's winner. Her piece Colors is influenced by her experience as a woman on the Autism spectrum; difficulties with social interaction and relationships led to personal reflection for Maegan, which in turn inspired her to create this piece. Colors was created using pastels on a cardboard canvas, which has a unique, eye-catching shape.
Maegan notes, "the screen on the head represents how we intake the world around us through improved and more widespread communication technology. The person and screen are in black and white because what really defines us as individuals are the ideas we take in and incorporate into ourselves, and how we choose to present ourselves. Colors serves as a reminder that if we keep our minds open to new and fresh ideas in the workplace together we will make the world a better place."
With career counseling and employment assistance from Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Maegan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media Arts and Application from Lubbock Christian University. Today, she is successfully employed at the Science Spectrum in Lubbock.
If you would like a poster, please contact us and provide a U.S.P.S. mailing address. Posters are available free of charge while supplies last
As part of our state’s recognition of Texas Disability Employment Awareness Month, the GCPD promotes the Texas HireAbility Campaign. Texas HireAbility is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and the statewide Workforce Solutions network. HireAbility hopes to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce. Each poster includes the twitter hashtag (#TXHireAbility). Resources to promote disability employment awareness activities can be found at txhireability.texasworkforce.org.
Poster submissions are currently closed.
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).