America’s Job Exchange is participating 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. This year’s theme is “My disability is one part of who I am.”
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.
“This year’s theme encapsulates the important message that people with disabilities are just that — people,” said Jennifer Sheehy, acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for disability employment policy. “And like all people, we are the sum of many parts, including our work experiences. Disability is an important perspective we bring to the table, but, of course, it’s not the only one.”
Reflecting this year’s theme, America’s Job Exchange is excited to announce its first Twitter Chat, October 7, 1:00-2:00 pm, EST, to educate its customers and prospects on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture.
“America’s Job Exchange (AJE) is proud to participate in this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Heather Snavely, Vice President of AJE. “We want to spread the important message that we value diverse perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”
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.
Click our event page to get details of the AJE Twitter Chat.