Council supports National Disability Employment Awareness Month
by Sarah Ruf, Community Relations Specialist
Oct. 4, 2016
Hiring people with disabilities makes good business sense—that’s the message behind October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign honoring the vital contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
Here in Arizona, the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is proud to help bring attention to this year’s theme: #InclusionWorks. The Council recognizes Arizona businesses, agencies and organizations that champion the hiring of individuals with disabilities and their commitment to increase opportunity, innovation and inclusion in the workplace and community.
“This year’s important message also emphasizes individuals with disabilities possess the skills and talent for meaningful employment if provided the opportunity. Having a job is empowering for all individuals. Employment provides money, benefits, personal value, opportunities for choice and control, new relationships and a chance to be contributing member of society,” said Larry Clausen, executive director of the Council.
“Arizona benefits from an integrated workforce where people with and without disabilities work side by side earning competitive wages and benefits,” Clausen continued. “Businesses that hire, retain and include people with disabilities continue to discover that a strong workforce is an inclusive workforce. The perspective and creativity of people with disabilities benefit employers who acknowledge each person’s unique strengths and talents.”
For a list of upcoming job fairs in Arizona, visit http://dreamjobfair.org/ Job seekers should bring picture ID and a resume, as well as dress professionally for success.
For more information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month or Council programs that support employment, contact Michael Leyva at [email protected].
About National Disability Employment Awareness month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month goes back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October “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.” Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.