Salem-Keizer Public Schools’ (SKPS) students, leadership and staff stood in partnership with Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation on the front steps of the State Capitol on Tuesday, October 1 for the kick-off of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

SKPS Superintendent Christy Perry joined Keith Ozols, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation at the Oregon Department of Human Services, as he read a proclamation to commemorate October as NDEAM in Oregon.

Students and staff from Salem-Keizer’s Community Transition Program (CTP) were present for an engaging morning of job readiness and employment-related activities at the Capitol Mall.

These activities were planned in coordination with our district’s Office of Student Services, state agency HR Departments, community and industry partners and the Transition Technical Assistance Network to benefit the 200+ students who receive services through Salem-Keizer’s CTP.

“Equity is at the heart of everything we do at SKPS,” said Superintendent Christy Perry. “We are committed to ensuring it’s reflected through our policies, programs, operations, practices and resource allocations so we can do what’s right for our students who possess a tremendous range of abilities.”

The SKPS Board of Directors will consider its own NDEAM proclamation at its Oct. 8 school board meeting, and SKPS will change the banners on its social media platforms and district website this month in recognition of NDEAM.

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