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Disability Employment Awareness Month

Learn about how WGU Recognizes Disability Employment Awareness Month

WGU is committed to promoting inclusion, respect, and acceptance for differences, equal opportunity, and diversity in everything that we do. It's why we endeavor to be the most inclusive university in the world. WGU is bridging the gap between talent and opportunity by offering high-quality, equitable higher education that is accessible regardless of your location or background.

We aim to recognize, support, and amplify students' voices while creating greater pathways to opportunities for students across the country. By putting degree opportunities within reach and improving access to learning, we advance equity for every student.

Join us as we recognize Disability Employment Awareness Month, and learn how students and employees are making a difference in their communities around the country.

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National Disability Employee Awareness Month: Employee and Student Spotlight Carli Mullen

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are more than 18 million people with disabilities in today’s workforce. Carli Mullen is one of them.

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National Disability Employee Awareness Month: Employee and Student Spotlight Renee Gardner

Renee Gardner began her WGU journey as a master's student. Now she is an Orientation Advisor that helps new WGU students that are beginning their own academic journeys.

"The Disability Owls ERG is an Employee Resource Group (ERG) dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment that fosters a sense of community and expands access and opportunity for WGU's employees who identify as having a disability, are neurodiverse, and those who support people with disability and neurodiversity. The Disability Owls ERG provides a forum for members to connect, raise awareness, and share education and resources in support of WGU's employees with disability or neurodiversity."

–WGU Disability Owls Employee Resource Group

Advance Equity Speaker Series

WGU DE&I hosted a conversation with Judith (Judy) Heumann who is an internationally recognized disability rights activist and leader. Judy was instrumental in the development and implementation of key legislations (e.g., Section 504, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities). Over the span of her impressive career, Judy has held noteworthy government and civic appointments to expand the global reach of her work, including serving for two U.S. Presidents, the Mayor of D.C., and as the first advisor on disability and development for the World Bank. In addition to her degree from Long Island University and Master of Public Health from University of California at Berkeley, she has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees from universities across the United States including University of Pittsburgh, Middlebury College, and Smith College.

“Disability Rights: Past, Present, and Future: A Conversation with Judy Heumann “Mother of Disability Rights””

Learn more about Judy Heumann

Co-sponsored by Office of the Provost

Commencement Speaker - Christine Ha

Christine Ha is the first-ever blind contestant and season 3 winner of MasterChef and author of "Recipes From My Home Kitchen: Asian and American Comfort Food", Christine Ha delivered the WGU Commencement Address in Dallas in February 2022.

Featured Articles

Jaime Lopez Rivera

From the trauma of war to the triumph of a college degree

For Jaime Lopez Rivera, earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Management from WGU in 2020 was an undeniable triumph over trauma. Nearly 20 years ago, he launched a military career with the U.S. Army, which took him to Seoul, South Korea; Fort Huachuca, Arizona; and Kuwait.

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Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, a celebration of the law passed 30 years ago.

Julie Young with her husband and 3 children

SPED teacher's disability bonds her to students

When WGU special education graduate Julie Young heard an exasperated teacher apologize to her for needing her help recently, she realized one of the greatest barriers teachers face in the classroom is themselves.

Scholarships Available for Affordable Education

Scholarships are one of the many ways in which WGU removes obstacles from your path to achieving your education goals and improving your career opportunities.

WGU Partner Connect Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded quarterly to a new MSN or health leadership student at WGU who exemplifies the spirit and commitment to leadership.

Online Access

A prestigious award toward tuition in most of WGU’s College of Health Professions degree programs. Recipients will be selected for their demonstrated activism or innovation in nursing that improves patient outcomes.

WGU 25th Anniversary Next Generation Scholarship

Moves and deployments greatly impact your ability to achieve a degree, but WGU can help you maintain your education on the go with our flexible, online education. Spouses of active duty military personnel, veterans, guard, and reservists are qualified to receive a Military Spouse Scholarship.