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Society’s Assets wants to share information about 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. This year’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 “Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” 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 community,” states Karl Kopp, Society’s Assets Executive Director. “Individuals with disabilities offer employers diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success. Individuals with disabilities have the right talent, right now,” added Kopp.
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.
Society’s Assets is a local, community-based nonprofit providing services to individuals of all ages with any disability who live in Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Rock, and Jefferson counties. Each month, nearly 1000 individuals reach for their goal of living as independently as possible in the community with the agency’s support.