Disability Workplace Inclusion: What is Your Vision?

by Cindy Bahl
Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events
Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.

Disability Workplace Inclusion: What is Your Vision? 

This was the theme of the second annual Amplify! Success event held on October 23, 2018 at Nike World Headquarters. The goal of Amplify! is to improve access to competitive integrated employment for job seekers with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities by engaging employers and the community in creating a culture of workplace inclusion. Over 150 people gathered for a high energy morning where they heard stories of challenge, tenacity, success and visions of inclusion from people who have been in the trenches and others who are leading new efforts in the cause. Attendees collaborated to explore and formulate their own personal vision and action plan to promote change, no matter what position they hold within a company or the community.

As one Amplify! attendee John Paul Devires, Nike Senior Application Engineer, stated, “Amplify! is the bridge between where companies are and where they need to be.”

If you missed Amplify! Success you can still join the initiative to change culture right where you are and we can help!  Click below and complete the “Oregon Disability Diversity Challenge” and let’s talk about your diversity and inclusion goals.

The Amplify! initiative was created by Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. with the support of Oregon Employment First and is sustained by collaboration with numerous employer and community partners.  For more information or to be involved in the Amplify! Initiative, please contact Cindy Bahl, Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events at 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com.

Thank You to our Sponsors and Collaborating Partners

Delivering the Amplify! event takes a community of engaged sponsors and partners. We couldn’t provide such a robust program without their help. Follow the links below to view our Fall 2018 Sponsors and Partners!

Upcoming Events

Opportunities To Build An Inclusive Workforce

Do you want to learn more about the Project Search Internship Program?  Join us for the Project Search Power Hour – Education and Cultivation – A New Networking Event

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Kaiser Westside Medical Center

Oregon Conference Room (Lower Level)
2875 NW Stucki Ave.
Hillsboro, OR 97124


Amplify! Rock Stars


May 23, 2019
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Washington Square, Portland, Tigard
9000 SW Washington Square Rd.
Tigard, OR 97223

Disability Diversity Workshop – Normalizing Disability: Creating a Culture of Inclusion

December 5th, 2018 – 12-3pm
The Beaverton Round Executive Suites

This interactive workshop is designed to take participants into a deeper dive regarding the world of disability as it relates to the employment experience. Participants will explore their personal experiences, perceptions and beliefs about disability, gain knowledge about common conditions and learn the building blocks of what it takes to create an inclusive workplace. Workshop registration fee includes lunch.

Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

by Cindy Bahl
Director of Business Development and Amplify! Events
Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.

“America’s Workforce: Empowering All” is the theme for the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) (DOWNLOAD the poster) that occurs each October since 1945. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate and celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities. “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”

The Portland Metro area has an opportunity to acknowledge NDEAM and the achievements of individuals with disabilities by attending the 2nd annual Amplify! Success event, October 23rd, 9-1pm at Nike WHQ in Beaverton.

Attendees of this high-energy, motivational event will experience a continental breakfast, lunch, networking, professional breakout sessions, insights from Nike Inclusion Leaders and an inspirational story from local athlete and public speaker, Karen Gaffney. Karen’s story features the challenges she faced while swimming the frigid cold waters of Lake Tahoe and the motivation behind her accomplishments; including finding meaningful employment as a person with Down Syndrome.

Amplify! Success is a program of Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc. A local agency serving the Portland Metro area for 21 years with a mission of connecting job seekers with disabilities to their employment goals and providing disability diversity training and consultation services to employers.

For more information or to become a Sponsor of Amplify! Success 2018, contact Amplify! Event Coordinator, Cindy Bahl at: 503-258-7715 or cindy@dirksecc.com.

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