National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Thousands of people with disabilities make vital contributions to their workplaces and U.S. economy every day. 

We take extra time to recognize their impact  — and raise awareness of the employment needs of people with disabilities — during the month of October, which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  

Disability: Part of the Equity Equation is the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month this year, which aims to recognize the role that people with disabilities have in making the U.S. workforce more diverse and inclusive.

Efforts to educate the public more about the employment issues facing people with disabilities began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176. This established the first week of October as a week to recognize the workplace contributions of people with disabilities — and raise more awareness of their employment challenges. It was changed to the current month-long status in 1988. 

Two years later in 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination based on disablity. The landmark law also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities. Furthermore, the ADA established present-day accessibility requirements for public accommodations.

As we observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month this year, we want to recognize our TwinStar members and staff who have disabilities. We are thankful for the impact they’ve had on our workplace and in their local communities.