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One Part of Who I Am

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Excerpt of articled shared by MCCS 

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for this year, which marks 70 years since the first observance, is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” Read the Presidential Proclamation.

There are more than 50 million Americans with disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act is in place to provide these Americans with equal opportunities. However, despite the Act being in its twenty-fifth year, there is a still an employment disparity in the United States. In 2014 only 17.1 percent of people with disabilities were working, compared to 64.6 percent of the rest of the population.

National Disability Employment Awareness month aims to correct this imbalance by emphasizing that when it comes to work, it’s what people can do that matters. This year’s theme is “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am.”

To read the complete article shared by the Marine Corp Community Service, click here.

My Opinion

Although National Disability Employment Awareness month takes place in October, companies, cities, states, the Federal government could do a lot more to create a friendly and encouraging environment so people with disabilities can succeed in the workplace. I am grateful there is a month of awareness, but the employment gap should be in the spotlight year round.


Thanks to the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy for sponsoring the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM); Marine Corp Community Service (MCCS) for sharing the article; Google for helping me find the article; and the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture, video, and text in this post.

Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.