October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Opportunity Services Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Nationwide campaign will take place in October

(Minneapolis, Minnesota) —  October 1, 2015 — Opportunity Services today announced its participation 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.”

“Opportunity Services is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Nancy Gurney, President of Opportunity Services. “We want to spread the important message that we value the 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. Stay tuned for more success stories featuring OS clients throughout the month of October and beyond!