09 Oct

Everyone Can Work - Dis “ABILITY”

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Americans observe NDEAM, by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation’s economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.

History: It began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176, declaring the first week of October each year as 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. Some 25 years later, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Today: Our efforts here at LWOL is to educate the public and employers about the issues related to disability and employment . Our efforts are to promote the “Everyone Can Work” approach, until society as a whole believes and promotes, that individuals with disabilities deserves equal opportunity, and a chance at being employed anywhere of their choice.

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