The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Building on many decades of UN’s work in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, has further advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks, such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action, the New Urban Agenda, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development.
This year’s theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”. Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development and promote resilient society for all, including in the context of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian action, and urban development. Governments, persons with disabilities and their representative organisations, academic institutions and the private sector need to work as a “team” to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/
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Dr. DeGoias has over 20 years’ experience providing vocational and healthcare services to youth and adults. She has held various leadership positions including Director of Service Excellence, Environmental Services Assistant Director, Training and Development Manager, and, most recently, Disability Services Manager at CareerSource Palm Beach County. Throughout her career, Dr. DeGoias has built lasting relationships with all levels of staff, enhanced client satisfaction, and increased employee engagement through team building and strategic planning. Presently, she is very active in her new position working to enhance the lives of clients with Autism, and other diverse disabilities, through job placements and retention.
Dr. DeGoias earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Human Communications; Black and Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College in New York, New York. She earned her Master of Science Degree (M.S.) in Public Relations from New York University (NYU) in New York, New York, and also holds a Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.), Educational Administration, Leadership and Technology from Dowling College in Oakdale, New York.
Dr. DeGoias’ doctoral dissertation was a mixed mythology study done in a community hospital Emergency Department titled Relationships Among Spoken Language, Interpretation Services: Staff Attitudes Toward Training And Patient Satisfaction. She also published an article entitled, “Patients Tell the Story: Interrelationships Among Patient Satisfaction, Communications with Providers, and Emergency Department Care” Journal NY State Nurses Assoc.2015; 44(1):4-10.
Kyle Manske has been an Assurance Associate in the Asset Management practice at PwC since October 2015. His clients are diverse in the Hedge Fund and Mutual Fund Industry.
Since Kyle started at PwC, he’s been very involved with PwDN (People with Disabilities Network), which is PwC's disability ERG. Kyle’s involvement has led to great opportunities, such as ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. During his time with PwDN, he created the Career Readiness Workshop, a liaison between companies and colleges, to hire students with disabilities, developed the New Frontier Program for Birch Family Services to hire and develop autistic professionals at PwC.
Throughout Kyle's career at PwC, he has developed and implemented many valuable skills. These include time management, having a goal oriented project view, working well with others, and focusing on quality while utilizing a superior work ethic. What sets him apart from others is his story.
At the age of three, he was diagnosed with a hearing loss and brain disorder affecting both receptive and expressive language. As a result, he had difficulty with reading comprehension, writing and speaking. The experts gave Kyle a 5% chance of succeeding in regular education. His parents were told that Kyle would stay in the special education program, never attend college, and probably live in a group home. After hearing this news, his mother quit her job to focus on finding various doctors and therapists to work with me. He was taken to the Child Development Center at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee and given a nonverbal intelligence test. The results showed that he was a bright child. The therapies couldn’t cure his disabilities. However, Kyle did learn to compensate for them through hard work, determination and perseverance.