Disability Employment Awareness Month Poster

Each October, Texas celebrates DEAM with job fairs, public awareness events, and a statewide #HireAbility campaign to promote employment opportunities for Texans with disabilities. As part of the public awareness campaign, GCPD partners with the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to distribute free DEAM posters to thousands of Texas employers and businesses to educate them on the talents and abilities of workers with disabilities, while sharing valuable employer resources through the HireAbility website. The posters are intended to spark conversations on the employment of people with disabilities in businesses and organizations across the Lone Star State. The posters feature original work from an outstanding Texas artist, along with their picture and personal statement, and the national DEAM theme. This year's theme is "Increasing Access and Opportunity." Read below for more information on how to enter!

How to Apply

Original 2D art (including but not limited to paintings or drawings), and 3D art (including but not limited to sculpture or pottery) in all media are eligible.  The Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will have the final authority as to what constitutes an acceptable entry. GCPD is committed to providing opportunities to as many Texas artists as possible; as such, a previous NDEAM Poster Art winner will not be eligible for competition until five years have passed since their last win. Simply download the entry form for more information on eligibility and how to apply!

Poster submissions are currently Open!

2019 DEAM Poster

The 2019 DEAM poster art was created by Maegan Bacigalupo. 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.

2019 Disabilities Employment Awareness Month Poster

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.

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).