News Program on Employing People with Disabilities

Partnership with Dept. of Labor and News Channel 5+

In fall 2015, the TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development began a collaboration with News Channel 5+ Network to present a monthly series of programs focusing on employment issues and opportunities for businesses in Tennessee called "Inside Workforce Development." The Council sponsored the March 2016 program, in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, on employment for people with disabilities. The program focused on the value that employees with disabilities can bring to the workplace. The three guests interviewed during the show were Council Vice-Chair Tommy Lee Kidd discussing his expectations for his daughter with a disability to have a job when she's an adult, Dept. of Education’s Joey Hassell discussing the new occupational diploma option for students with disabilities, and Kate Copeland, an employer at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital who hired an employee with a disability after they completed the Project SEARCH program.

A second program is in the works for Oct. 2017 to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For more information, contact the Council's Communications Director at 615-253-5368 or

four individuals, two men and two women, standing on the set of news channel 5 behind the news desk