Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing.
To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Disability.gov has created the "What’s Your Connection?" initiative, a grassroots movement emphasizing the connections among all people.
There are nearly 57 million individuals with disabilities in the United States, and they are all connected to the people around them in some way. They are sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, parents and grandparents, coworkers, neighbors and friends.
“What’s Your Connection?” is seeking stories about how having a disability or knowing someone with a disability has touched your life. To submit your story …
1) Sending a photograph in JPG format, along with a 250-word maximum caption, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Uploading a captioned, one-minute video to your personal YouTube page and including the hashtag, #myconnection2, in the title.
What's Your Connection? will run through July 31, 2013, and will use social media and grassroots tactics to spark conversations and build support for inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and in their communities.
Visit their toolkit to find out ways to help spread the word about the What's Your Connection? initiative! To see the photographs that have already been submitted, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/disabilitygov/. If you have trouble viewing the image on the Flickr page, please visit https://www.disability.gov/home/newsroom/what%27s_your_connection/photos.
Rules & Regulations:
- By submitting a photograph or uploading a YouTube video with the hashtag, #myconnection2, participants grant permission to the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy to display their work on Disability.gov; the site's Facebook, Twitter or YouTube page; and future print publications.
- All submissions will be reviewed and approved by the Disability.gov team prior to being posted on the website or its YouTube page.
- All YouTube videos must be captioned. For information on how to add captions to a YouTube video, visit
- All photographs must be in JPG format.
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