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Diversity Statistics: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

by Margaret Manalo

Date published: October 21, 2014

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

…is federally recognized and brings attention to the many issues people with disabilities must face.

This awareness theme of October is sponsored by President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

1945
The first week of October became known as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week when Congress passed Resolution No. 176.

1962
In this year, a change in terminology occurred – “handicap” was replaced with “disability” and “physically” was removed from the name of the week in order to recognize employment needs of all persons with disabilities.

1988
Congress expanded the week to a month, and also changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

 

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