Since 1945, the nation has recognized October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Throughout October, we recognize and celebrate the many contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce. People with disabilities not only bring immeasurable value to our workplaces, but also contribute to our communities.

To commemorate NDEAM, the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) will host an online panel discussion that will focus on Increasing Opportunities and Access within state service. Discover strategies your department may utilize to increase diversity in your applicant pool and meet your recruitment needs. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – including disability – benefits, myth-busting, and programs to support you as managers in achieving greater diversity and inclusion in your teams.

Having staff that reflects the population we serve will truly ensure our programs and services are designed for all Californians.

NDEAM: Increasing Access and Opportunity

Save the Date: Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Time: 1:00- 3:00 pm

Where: Online via Zoom. Register on Eventbrite.

Meet our Panelists:

  • Scott Richmond, President, Association of California State Employees with Disabilities
  • Kim Rutledge, Liaison for Adult Protective Services, California Department of Social Services
  • Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
  • Rachel Stewart, Counselor, Coordinator/Counselor, Workability III, Los Rios Community College District
  • Michael Thomas, Assistant Deputy Director, Specialized Services Division, DOR
  • Mark Erlichman, Deputy Director, VR Employment Division, DOR
  • Araceli Holland, Regional Director, DOR San Joaquin Valley District Office
  • Tasneem Sah, College 2 Career-Counselor, Sacramento City College
  • William Lane, Office Tech, Department of Industrial Relations
  • Marie Ertl Reich, Manager, Department of Industrial Relations

Moderated by: Shannon Coleman, Chief, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Rehabilitation

Who should attend: State of CA Hiring Supervisors/ Managers, HR Officers/ Chiefs, EEO officers, and any interested persons

NDEAM Event Listings


National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) dates back to 1945. Learn more at

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