Agencies Collaborate to Recognize Disability Employment Awareness Month


Leaders of the Office of State Human Resources (OSHR) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will recognize Governor Roy Cooper’s proclamation of October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in North Carolina at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Learning and Development Center, 101 W. Peace St., Raleigh.

The gathering will reflect work undertaken to improve accessibility and step up recruitment for state government jobs since Governor Cooper signed Executive Order No. 92: Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities. It will precede a quarterly Lunch & Learn meeting of the Equal Employment Opportunity Network, which includes representatives of all state government agencies.

State Human Resources Director Barbara Gibson and Kathie Trotter, DHHS Director for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS), will speak at the event and be available to media afterwards. Also participating will be:

  • Nancy Astrike, OSHR Director for Diversity & Workforce Services Division
  • Joy Tribble, DHHS Planner/Evaluator and BEAM Services Administrator for DVRS
  • Travis Williams, DHHS Systems Change Manager for the North Carolina Council on Development Disabilities

Tribble and Williams will share their personal and professional experience of being people with a disability who have achieved success in leadership roles in the state government workforce. 

NOTE: For DHHS iniquiries, please contact DHHS Communications Director Chris Mackey at 919-855-4840.


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