“Our nation’s workforce is more successful, more productive, and more innovative when people of all abilities participate. When the right person is matched to the right job, everyone wins. No one can deliver this message more effectively than employees with disabilities. These employees and their families can speak to the real-life impact of programs that benefit people with disabilities, like the AbilityOne Program, and can personalize the issue for policymakers. SourceAmerica’s grassroots advocacy program makes sure these personal stories are heard by key policymakers and raises awareness about how different perspectives and skill sets transform businesses for the better.”
The SourceAmerica Grassroots Advocacy Conference brings together AbilityOne employee self-advocates, family members, and nonprofit representatives to discuss the policy issues affecting them. The conference focuses on educating policymakers on the importance of programs that benefit individuals with disabilities.
Conference agenda items included discussions on current issues affecting disability employment, helping self-advocates tell their personal stories, listening to inspiring speakers, and meetings with members of Congress or their staff.
Bobby Johnson, an AbilityOne employee and team member, attended the Conference this year and shared his success story. We are so proud of Bobby and everything he has accomplished. At Challenge Unlimited, we are grateful to SourceAmerica for hosting the Conference, giving AbilityOne employees a platform to advocate for themselves, and for bringing providers and staff together.