Thank you local area employers for attending the Amplify! event held at Nike WHQ yesterday morning! The room was packed!
I trust that you were as encouraged as I, by the keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Pimentel, as he inspired us to see ABILITY and to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities find their, “music within.”Through humor, tears and stories, he challenged us to address our unconscious bias and break down the barriers to workplace inclusion within ourselves and in our community. He amplified the importance and value that each person brings to our workplace and to our world.
The response to the Oregon Employment First Diversity Challenge Card exceeded our expectations! For those that completed the card, the team at Dirkse CC will be in contact soon to help your company/agency take the next steps! If you didn’t fill out a card or could not attend, please reach out – We’d love to talk more about what might work for your business.
Another shout out to the Nike Ability Team for hosting the venue and to our collaborating partners and sponsors, especially Oregon Employment First, who encouraged the opportunity to innovate and engage local communities to improve employment outcomes for students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Last, but not least, I want to recognize my team at Dirkse CC for making the event run smoothly yesterday without a hitch!
Heidi Dirkse-Graw, MS, CRC, LPC
Dirkse Counseling and Consulting, Inc.
Because disability inclusion matters.
It benefits business.
It benefits us all.