National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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United Way California Capital Region certified nonprofit partner UCP of Sacramento and Northern California is supporting 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.

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 a spectrum of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“This is a fantastic awareness campaign to ensure people begin to understand just how capable people with disabilities really are,” said Doug Bergman, president and CEO, UCP of Sacramento and Northern California.

“There is a wide spectrum of disabilities, and it’s important to remember how many capable people are presumed to be unemployable simply because of a disability.”

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 at www.dol.gov/odep/.