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We Can Work Campaign

Earlier this month, the Department of Human Services launched the We Can Work! campaign — an effort to educate the public about employment support and opportunities for people with disabilities and how DHS’ programs can help facilitate job connections and training programs.

The campaign also focuses on sharing the stories of people who use DHS services and have enriching employment while still maintaining supports through Medicaid. The campaign features Yasom and Josie, who both receive services and supports through DHS programs. Ads are running on social media and other digital platforms through early summer.

The We Can Work! website includes the following:

  • how people with disabilities can see if they qualify for Medicaid
  • employment supports for people covered by Medicaid
  • additional resources for people seeking employment
  • Josie’s and Yasom’s stories

If you have feedback or suggestions for the website, we welcome it so we can develop this resource further over time. If you have an employment story you’d like to share or other feedback, please email the DHS’ office directly.

The “We Can Work” campaign is intended to raise awareness that people with disabilities can work without worrying about losing their benefits. The campaign will provide education and outreach not only to those seeking employment, but to family members, advocates, and employers as well. The campaign, in its first phase, will consist of commercials featuring people who are already working, or employers who are already hiring people with disabilities, and highlighting their success in integrated employment.

We are looking for someone from anywhere in Pennsylvania who would be a good spokesperson for this and who would be willing to share their employment experiences in this ad.

The intention is to begin filming in April, and the filming will be arranged around any potential individual’s schedule. The filming day would entail Commonwealth Media Services spending the day with the person and/or their employer, interviewing them, and accompanying the person around to get footage of them throughout their work day.

Interested individuals should contact:
Edward M. Butler, Employment Specialist
Bureau of Policy, Development and Communications Management