As you glance at the National Day Calendar, you will realize from now to April, there are quite a few reasons to celebrate. In fact, JDS Creative Academy started the month off by raising a glass to all the wonderful women of our past, present and future as March is National Women’s History Month.
The JDS Family recognizes all women’s achievements and encourages empowerment far beyond the observed holiday. Not only was JDSCA co-founded by a woman, Diane Strand. The organization is also made up of more women than men in a male-dominated industry. That definitely calls for a celebration.
JDSCA believes that women should have the same opportunities as men and works towards diminishing workplace stigmas, especially in STEAM careers. Not only do women experience discrimination because of their gender, so do adults with disabilities. The unemployment rate among people with disabilities remains high and is down by about two percent since previous years.
According to the website Workology, only 35% of young adults with autism are employed. Optimistically, with the right knowledge and awareness, the world can help break down the existing barriers, especially when months like March and April come around.
Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is observed in March and Autism Awareness Month is in April. Both are very close to JDSCA’s heart because these two celebrated populations are the main motive behind their successful job-training program.
The program is in place not only to provide a safe place for adults with intellectual disabilities to learn and advance their education, training and opportunities in visual, performing and digital arts, it also enriches workforce development to provide career pathways in a competitive high-tech industry marketplace.
As Riverside County is quickly becoming a booming metropolitan area, JDSCA is confident in providing sustainable work opportunities for an underrepresented population. Thankfully, the relationship is reciprocal as the County continues to support individuals who provide workforce development and aims to bring awareness to innovation and entrepreneurship in Riverside County by dedicating April as Innovation Month. JDSCA showcases innovation through collaborating with mainstream and special needs individuals through their hands-on job-training program. Innovation is also displayed at their annual digital-media festival, DigiFest Temecula.
DigiFest is a three-day festival that celebrates all things digital by presenting screenings and entertainment, noteworthy celebrity guest speakers, amazing raffle prizes, and of course, a competition open to all creative levels! DigiFest’s event founder was recognized by Visit Temecula Valley for her efforts of encouraging tourism by establishing and securing this major event, which generates a significant impact on the region. DigiFest itself will be celebrating women and supporting disabilities in the workforce as there will be three women speakers, including one with disabilities.
DigiFest will highlight advances in innovation and technology, and the #JDSFamily looks forward to seeing you on April 16, 17 and 18!
JDSCA hopes you are encouraged to spread awareness and kindness wherever you go. April is also Random Act of Kindness Month, and in these trying times, we could all use a reminder to be a better person. In the “Spirit of Innovation,” and in an effort of making a difference, let JDSCA be your act of kindness, as your support is truly appreciated more than ever! Remember, support doesn’t have to be monetary.
Tell friends and family about JDS Creative Academy and DigiFest, share, like and comment on JDSCA’s social media content, or attend one of the many events happening throughout the year!
By supporting JDSCA, you are helping a creative, innovative and inclusive community of all people.