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Elevating Disability Employment Awareness Month By Celebrating Disability Employment Success

Partners Health Plan members are sharing their employment journey stories to elevate Disability Employment Awareness Month.  These stories describe the diverse experiences of people with disabilities and the employers that are benefiting from the dedication these talented individuals bring to their professional roles.

Did you know that one in four individuals in the U.S. have some type of disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)? Did you know the employment rate for a New Yorker with a disability (age 18 – 64) is 31.2% compared to 72% for a person without a disability, resulting in a gap of 40.8% according to New York State (click here). The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affected many who have already faced significant barriers to employment, compounding their economic hardships.

We must use our voices and advocate for creating more accessible and inclusive workplaces by becoming informed on the value of hiring people with disabilities.

 A person with a disability recently summed it up the best by stating, “my disabilities do not define me.  My abilities do.”

Please join us in widening the lens by elevating awareness on what needs to be done to remove barriers in the workplace, so individuals who have a disability have the opportunity to access meaningful and well-paying jobs.  Do you know an organization that is moving the dial on disability employment by removing barriers?

Ackeem’s Employment Story

Partners Health Plan Member, Ackeem, has been employed by the New York City Police Department for five years in downtown Manhattan.  The best part of his job, he stated, “is working with New York’s finest and I enjoy working for the Chief of Community of Affairs Bureaus of the New York City Police Department.”  As the department’s Director of Community Affairs Bureau, he has an important role to fill and his boss motivates him to stay focused and help the community in every possible way he can.   His motto for life is inspiring, “Stay focused and be strong.  Always have a good attitude.”


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Rise Up Together To Address The DSP Workforce Crisis

BJ Stasio, a disability rights advocate from Western NY launched a letter-writing campaign yesterday, 10.11, to elevate awareness on the direct support professional (DSP) workforce crisis.

Watch BJ’s powerful story and click the button below to learn more about how you can tell your personal story and ask Governor Kathy Hochul to RISE UP for a living wage for DSPs so they may continue to help individuals with I/DD receive the supports and services they need to live a quality life.


PHP Members and families recently shared short stories about how a DSP has impacted or improved their quality of life or that of a loved one during DSP Appreciation week.  Read their stories!

October 2021 Advocacy and Awareness Campaigns

Each month, Partners Health Plan advances its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), as well as promote and elevate awareness of issues that impact members, families, and employees in the communities we serve.  Here are the awareness campaigns for October:


Celebrate Care Managers!

Members and Families are at the Center of Everything We Do… Care Managers are the heart and soul of Partners Health Plan by helping individuals live their best life! Please join us during Care Management Week to recognize their dedication in coordinating care for all of the vulnerable individuals enrolled in Partners Health Plan.

You are invited to recognize Care Managers by sending a “Thank You” message or share a story of how they are making an impact by advocating and helping to coordinate critical supports and services so that you or a loved one may live a quality life. Submit your message or story HERE!

National Disability Employment
Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Please join us in elevating awareness on the employment issues facing individuals with disabilities, advocating for their rights in the workplace, and celebrating their enormous contributions to our economy.

LEARN MORE about how a Partners Health Plan member’s employment has increased his confidence and independence.

Down Syndrome Awareness Month

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month! You are invited to join us in celebrating and recognizing the abilities and accomplishments of individuals born with Down Syndrome and advocating for inclusion throughout the communities where we live, work, and play. 

World Habitat Day

The United Nations (UN) designated the first Monday in October of every year as World Habitat Day (WHD). It is designed to assess the communities where we live and the basic right of adequate shelter for all. WHD reminds us of our collective power and responsibility to shape the future of our habitats for a better tomorrow. This year’s theme is “Accelerating urban action for a carbon-free world.”

LEARN MORE about how Partners Health Plan Care Managers have helped the individuals they support in securing safe and appropriate housing. 

World Cerebral Palsy Day

October 6 is World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day. Global communities are united in supporting and elevating awareness on those living with CP and to identify solutions for a more accessible future.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Observed annually, the “pink” campaign is in place to elevate awareness and educate on the signs and symptoms of the disease and to offer support to survivors.

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