Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health & Human Services


Millions of adults with disabilities need better job opportunities or career advancements. The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) provides services for developing job training, achieving diplomas or degrees, assists with resume writing or interview skills, and support with a job coach. This department provides life changing skills that promote self-sufficiency and independence. Bringing awareness to the rehabilitation services will help to reduce stigma and increase civic engagement for people with disabilities by increasing autonomy and self-esteem. Each year the DOR celebrates National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Roundtable discussion will go virtual for the first time and will bring together individuals to help gain employment for consumers with disabilities. This year’s theme was increasing access and opportunity to emphasize the essential role that individuals with disabilities play in America’s economic success. This year’s event was a discussion detailing how continued advances in services are making it easier than ever to hire individuals with disabilities in high-demand jobs. Augmentation in independents or increasing physical abilities or social skills through employment may lead to a healthier life. Not only through monetary gain, health insurance benefits but also through stimulation from social engagement with peers. The annual NDEAM Roundtable discussion is an important event for the community and it is recommended to implement a dual (virtual and live) conference every year.