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National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 12, 2017
An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Thursday, repeating until October 26, 2017
BRENHAM PRODUCTION SERVICES – The Off-Campus Vocational Center for Brenham State Supported Living Center Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced in August that “Inclusion Drives Innovation” will be the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2017.
“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”
Every October, NDEAM celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to the American workforce.
ODEP created this year’s theme with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state, and local agencies.
In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October as ‘National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.’ In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. In 2001, ODEP was established and formally began selecting the NDEAM theme.
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 — by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.
Brenham - Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, Brenham Production Services will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate the community about disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. These efforts include News Releases, Public Service Announcements, Poster Displays, “Thanks You” visits to our Community employers and a celebration for the hard working individuals with disabilities at Brenham Production Service.
"Brenham Production Services” is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Debra Leroy Wenckens. "We want to spread the important message that we value diverse perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities."