October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

by Nate Williams
HR Dept. Program Support Staff

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme is #InclusionWorks! Its purpose is to spread awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. 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.

"By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges," said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for Disability Employment Policy. "Our nation's most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation."

For more information on how to accommodate employees with disabilities, contact Julie Moon at (360) 650-3771

For more information on employment, contact Stephanie Ludemann at (360) 650-3306

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 8:43am

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