NEBRASKA VR JOINS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH OBSERVATION

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Press release

September 30, 2022

Nebraska VR participates in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place every October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s disabled workers. This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation”.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month dates back to 1945, when Congress enacted legislation declaring the first week of October each year as National Physically Handicapped Employment Week. In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to recognize the employment needs and contributions of people with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress extended the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Our national recovery from the pandemic cannot be completed without the inclusion of all Americans, especially people with disabilities,” said US Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. “Their contributions have always been essential to the success of our nation and are more important than ever today. We must build an economy that fully integrates the talent and dynamism of people with disabilities. »

Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month Nebraska VR will be sharing a variety of resources on social media and recognizing our disability employment partners who are committed to building an inclusive work culture. These efforts also include the Nebraska State Rehabilitation Council Disability Employment and Inclusion Awards Ceremony on October 11, 2022. To register, go to https://conta.cc/3dQrpo7

“Nebraska VR is proud to be part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Lindy Foley, Director of Nebraska VR. “We want to spread the important message that the key to empowering all workers is to create a workforce that understands the skills and talents of all individuals, including people with disabilities.”

Employers and employees in all sectors can learn more about how to get involved in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and how to promote its message, in October and throughout the year, by visiting www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeamgov/NDEAM.

To learn more about Nebraska VR, visit http://vr.nebraska.gov.


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