National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month Posters

Poster and Activities

Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017

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.

NDEAM Submission Guidelines

NDEAM Entry Form

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.

2016 NDEAM Poster - “Butterfly” by Denise Tidwell2016 NDEAM Poster - “Butterfly” by Denise Tidwell

Artist's Statement

Ms. Denise Tidwell has loved art since early childhood. She has memories of sketching, designing doll clothes and decorating gingerbread cookies with her mother, who recognized and encouraged Denise’s creativity. After thirty years of teaching special education and deaf education to children, Denise chose to pursue her second career as an artist. Today she fancies painting acrylic portraits of family pets.

The pastel drawing was created for her love of children and butterflies. The young girl in the portrait is signing “butterfly” in American Sign Language. Butterflies are known as a symbol of transformation. Denise, who is Deaf, says, “We, the People with Disabilities, have gone through many stages of growing pains, adapting to a non-disabled world, and experiencing the miraculous success. Born with severe hearing loss, I can relate to a butterfly’s metamorphosis.”

Denise works as Events Coordinator for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center in Corpus Christi and loves teaching children.

Visual Description of Poster

At the top of the poster, just above the artist's painting, the text reads October 2016 National Disability Employment Awareness Month in white lettering and just below is the theme, #InclusionWorks in yellow lettering. The left side of the poster includes the artist's artwork, a beautiful young girl with multi-colored butterflies in her hair. The girl’s hands are interlocked with fingers extended and shaping the ford butterfly in ASL. The main background color is navy blue. Photo of the artist, Denise Tidwell is placed next to the text.

For logos are posted at the bottom: Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, Apple Specialty Advertising, Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Website addresses are included.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation for 2015

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View or Print the NDEAM Proclamation as a Word document

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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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Austin TX 78711
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