Amplify Rock Stars! Let’s Celebrate!

Seven months ago, on October 19. 2017 at NIKE WHQ, 115 employers and community partners joined together for Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.’s first Amplify Success event! This was an event designed to inspire the Portland community to take strides toward improving disability employment and inclusion in the workforce. Now we are gearing up for a celebration of the outcomes made by employers who took the Oregon Disability Diversity Challenge last October and to share news about promising practices in the Portland area.

Time is running out and seats are filling fast. Register for the FREE Amplify Rock Stars event today!

We want YOU to attend! The Amplify Rock Stars Celebration will be held on May 31st, from 8-10am at Embassy Suites by Hilton, Washington Square-Portland and you are personally invited! After all, who doesn’t like a good party?  Just like most parties there will be food, drinks, gifts, old friends, new friends and some fun, positive energy to start off your day!


Whether you attended the first event or not, you won’t want to miss our Workforce Panel discussion, “Tapping into Ability” which will give you information and ideas around best practices from leaders in the business community.  Our success stories promise to inspire and encourage as we share the impact employment has made for individuals hired and, on the organizations, who hired them.

If you’ve been on-the-fence, curious or have a plan in mind for disability inclusion in your workplace; this is the event for YOU!  Come and celebrate with us and learn what others are doing and what YOU can do to get “All Amped” up and become an Amplify Success Rock Star in your business or organization and in our community.

Let’s Party!

The Oregon Disability Diversity Challenge: Employers Take First Steps!

Last month we shared that we were excited to meet and begin having conversations with employers who responded to the Oregon Employment First Diversity Challenge given at the Amplify! Success event in October.  To date we have met with ten employers and are in the process of creating customized action plans based upon their identified strengths and needs.

Each employer participates in electronic surveys based upon the Internationally acclaimed “Windmills, Changing The Perception of Ability” disability diversity training program – one for HR Professionals and one for Managers or Supervisors. After the surveys are taken, Dirkse CC does an analysis of survey results and makes recommendations for which modules of the Windmills programs will best suit their expressed needs. Following this, customized training sessions, in 1-2-hour time blocks of time are scheduled.

The surveys are quick and simple, taking only 3-5 minutes to complete but they provide a pulse to guide our recommendations and prioritize diversity training within the organization.   A menu of options is provided along with available training dates and times.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE for you and your business/organization to respond!  If you completed the challenge and have been kept busy by year end and holiday activities but want to take advantage of this opportunity in early 2018, please contact us today!

If you did not attend Amplify! Or complete the challenge but want more information on how your business can participate in this FREE, granted-funded disability diversity analysis and training, please contact us today at!

We are here for you; to assist you and your business/organization with your disability diversity initiatives in 2018.  Because we believe:

Disability inclusion matters

It benefits business

It benefits us all.

Happy Holidays from the Dirkse Counseling & Consulting and Amplify Success Team!

Empower Your Workforce
Affirm Abilities
Amplify Success!