EmployAbility today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. 2019’s theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now.”
The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
“Every day, individuals with disabilities add significant value and talent to our workforce and economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Individuals with disabilities offer employers diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success. Individuals with disabilities have the right talent, right now.”
Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, EmployAbility will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate the community, local employers, community employers, and EmployAbility’s program participants on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. These efforts include its annual fall fundraiser and awareness event, Flourish, on Thursday, October 24, 2019.
“EmployAbility is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Dr. Ken Boyd, Executive Director of EmployAbility “We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities, and we remain steadfastly committed to our mission of preparing adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for employment and community integration.”
Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.dol.gov/NDEAM.