October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

According to the United States Department of Labor webpage: 

"The return of service members with disabilities from World War II sparks public interest in the contributions of people with disabilities in the workplace. On Aug. 11, 1945, President Harry S. Truman approves a Congressional resolution declaring the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.' In 1962, the word "physically" is removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.

Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

The theme for 2017 is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."

Feature Stories

The Campaign for Disability Employment | What can you do?
Wallet Hub | 2017's Best and Worst Cities for People with Disabilities
Moyers & Company | The American with Disabilities Act in Under Threat
CJL |Hollywood Loves Characters with Disabilities on Screen, but Not on Set

WSBA Events

Beyond the Dialogue: Disability and Ableism in the Legal Profession
A panel of legal practitioners will discuss the experience of disability and ableism through a variety of lenses. Panelists will share their personal experiences of existing obstacles for legal professionals with disabilities and discuss solutions, best practices and the knowledge important to making the legal profession inclusive for people of all abilities to enter, thrive, and lead. This program is for everyone who cares about achieving equity in the legal profession.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Washington State Bar Association
1325 Fourth Avenue #600 | Seattle, WA 98101-2539
3:30–5:30 p.m. 

RSVP here.

Immediately Following:
Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association Annual Reception
You are cordially invited to join the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association (WADA) for the Annual Reception. We want you, your staff, networks and people served to be part of this celebration of WADA and its achievements. We also want to meet you to discuss ideas of how we can work together to bring opportunity for true equity to all.

Event Details
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
Washington State Bar Association
1325 Fourth Avenue #600 | Seattle, WA 98101-2539
5:30–7:30 p.m. 

RSVP here.

More details, questions, or accommodation requests, please contact: Diversity@wsba.org

Legal Lunchbox™ Series: Working with Clients with Intellectual Disabilities [LL181031WEB]
Seminar Date: Oct. 31, 2017
Seminar Time: Noon–1:35 p.m.

In cooperation with WSBA Public Service and in honor of Disability Awareness Month, this month’s Legal Lunchbox will focus on the ethics and best practices of working with clients with intellectual disabilities. We will begin the seminar discussing ethics and the relevant RPCs in detail, as well as hearing some best practice tips. A panel will round out the seminar discussing the practical aspects of day to day life for persons living with intellectual disabilities and will provide more best practice tips for attorneys representing them.

Register here.

WSBA Diversity Committee


WSB Foundation