Promote the skills/talents of people with disabilities.
Due March 30th, 2012 -
The Campaign for Disability Employment’s “What can YOU do?” Video Contest is an opportunity for YOU to promote positive change by illustrating that at work, it’s what people CAN do that matters. We’re looking for short videos that are informative, inspirational, surprising, serious, or even funny. The possibilities are endless and film makers are encouraged to be creative! The point is to make people think and challenge their opinions about people with disabilities and employment. How you do this is up to you.
This national video contest promotes the talent and skills that people with disabilities bring to America’s workplaces and economy, in support of the CDE’s national effort to increase the employment of people with disabilities.
1. What Can YOU Do? (General Public Category)
Entries must be about 60 seconds in length and should appeal to a broad audience. Potential themes may include, but certainly are not limited to: focusing on ability and promoting positive change by challenging misconceptions about the skills and talents of people with disabilities; the diverse skills and talents of people with disabilities; the benefits of an inclusive workforce to society; and the correlation between disability and innovation. The key theme: At work, it's what people CAN do that matters.
2. What WILL You Do? (Youth Category)
Entries must be about 60 seconds in length and should either be produced by youth or appeal to a youth audience. Potential themes may include, but certainly are not limited to: why work is important to a person's identity; inspiration for youth with disabilities to achieve employment goals; the importance of expectation in helping young people set high expectations for themselves; and the value of mentorships and/or work-based learning experiences. Key theme: Businesses need people who can think differently about how to solve problems and get the job done. What will YOU do to become tomorrow's leaders, or mentor future leaders?
3. What ARE you doing? (Employer Category)
Entries may be up to three minutes in length and should highlight effective disability employment practices in action. Potential themes may include, but certainly are not limited to: disability as part of diversity; return-to-work for people with acquired disabilities; the aging workforce; the value of a workplace culture inclusive of disability; and flexible work arrangements/customized employment. The key theme: Good workplace policies and practices for people with disabilities benefit everyone and make good business sense.
The goal of the contest is to encourage film makers to produce videos that reflect the diversity of skills people with disabilities offer, challenge common misconceptions about disability and employment, and remind everyone that at work, it's what people CAN do that matters. Winning videos will be used to encourage employers and others to recognize the value and talent people with disabilities bring to the workplace.
Click the link below for Official Rules and more details.
First place winners in each of the General Public, Youth, and Employer categories will be recognized and awarded an Apple® iPad®.
Second place winners in the General Public and Youth categories will each receive $250.00 from the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®).
Top videos will be featured on the Campaign for Disability Employment Web site, WhatCanYouDo YouTube channel, and screened at national events.
One video in each category will be recognized with a "What can YOU do?" (WCYD) Award.
Contest is open to all legal residents of the United States.
Do you know a small business with a great story? Film it, and you could win big! Produce a two-minute documentary style video that captures authentic stories from business owners who are passionate about what they do and explore how technology helps them grow and succeed in business.