It's National Disability Employment Awareness Month!


By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: October 09, 2015
News Source: Office Holidays

October is National Disability Awareness Month, an occasion that began in 1945, by virtue of Public Law 176 enacted by Congress,as a one-week celebration in honor of the "physically handicapped."





In 1962, to recognize the employment needs of all Americans with disabilities, the word "physically" was removed from the week's name. Then in 1988, the celebration was expanded to a one-month long event by Congress, and its name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month."

Here is an excerpt from President Obama's statement proclaiming October as the National Disability Awareness Month: "America is at its strongest when we harness the talents and celebrate the distinct gifts of all our people. This October, as we observe the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, let us pay tribute to all who fought for better laws, demanded better treatment, and overcame ignorance and indifference to make our Nation more perfect. In their honor, and for the betterment of generations of Americans to come, let us continue the work of removing obstacles to employment so every American has the chance to develop their skills and make their unique mark on the world we share." - <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/10/01/presidential-proclamation-national-disability-employment-awareness-month">click here</a>

Around the country, states have likewise issued their individual proclamation of the event, and have prepared various activities for the month-long celebration.

In line with this, the employment report recently released revealed a not so encouraging picture for people with disabilities. GlobeNewswire reports: After 11 months of job growth for Americans with disabilities, employment declines for the population, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire's Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). The news comes at the start of National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month, showing the need for more concerted efforts that support job opportunities and a diverse workforce.- <a href="http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2015/10/02/773140/10151519/en/nTIDE-Jobs-Report-Employment-for-Americans-with-Disabilities-Slips-for-the-First-Time-in-2015.html">click here</a>

Indeed, more work still needs to be done in order to ensure all qualified people with disabilities can find gainful employment and opportunity to carve their own niche and contribute to the economic growth of their communities and the whole country in general.

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