(Dis)abilities + Work + Beaverton = No Problem! October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

By Dirkse CC Team

Observed each October for the past 70 years, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, or NDEAM, celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. The theme this year is: “America’s Workforce: Empowering All”, which is something we work toward every day at Dirkse CC.

Through our Amplify! Initiative, we strive to empower employers to see the abilities, skills and talents of people with disabilities.  We have done this throughout our 21 years in business in the work we do to help job seekers with disabilities reach their career goals and more recently through two employer engagement events called Amplify! Success and Amplify Rock Stars.

The 2nd annual Amplify! Success event is coming up October 23rd, 9-1pm and will be hosted by our friends with The Abilities Team at Nike in the Tiger Woods Conference Center at Nike WHQ in Beaverton.

Join us in celebrating National Disability Employment Month and become inspired and motivated by our Keynote Speaker, Karen Gaffney, a local athlete and public speaker who will share her story of the challenges she faced in swimming the English Channel, Lake Tahoe and in finding inclusive employment at Providence Health Services that matched her skills and abilities. Leaders from Nike and OHSU will share their vision for inclusion and facilitate Professional Breakout Sessions all with the focus around this year’s theme: “Disability Workplace Inclusion: What is Your Vision?”  The event also includes a continental breakfast, lunch and networking.

Here are just a few testimonials from past Amplify! Success attendees:

  • “What an inspiring event. I learned so much and am looking forward to learning much more.” Maria Isabel Chandra, MBA – HR Administrator, Latino Network
  • “Such a wonderful presentation and stories.” Stacy Ruthrauff – HR Director, City of Tualatin
  • “Amazing Event!” Jennifer Edeline – Supervisor, Talent Acquistion, Providence Health & Services

Amplify! Success is an event you won’t want to miss and promises to help you create a vision for inclusion for yourself and in your workplace. Register today at:


For more information, contact: Cindy Bahl, Business Development Manager, Dirkse Counseling & Consulting, Inc. & Amplify Success Event Coordinator @ 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com

If you want to learn more about how you can become an inclusive employer and hire people with disabilities to meet your business needs, contact Business Development Manager, Cindy Bahl @ 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com