EARN is pleased to be a member of the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), a collaborative effort among several leading disability and business organizations committed to changing attitudes about disability and employment. Like EARN, the CDE is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
The CDE is centered around a series of public service announcements (PSAs) that explore topics related to disability employment. The Campaign’s newest PSA, “Working Works,” addresses the many reasons people work, and highlights the important roles employers, coworkers and others play in helping people who acquire disabilities through injury or illness return to or stay at work.Among the PSA’s participants is Cal Ripken, Jr., who is known as baseball’s “all-time Iron Man” because he holds the record for most consecutive Major League Baseball games played (2,632). Cal appears alongside his long-time athletic trainer, Richie Bancells, who supported Cal’s efforts to “stay in the game” after sustaining injuries.
“Working Works” may be used to spark discussion about these issues among employers, human resource professionals or other employer representatives. Further information about strategies for helping employees who experience injury or illness stay on the job can be found on EARN’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work topic page. You can view and download the “Working Works” PSA in various formats, including captioned, audio introduced and Spanish, on the CDE’s PSA Download Center.