One Part of Who I Am

2015-1030 One Part of Who I Am

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.

Credits

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.

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