Theme Chosen For National Disability Employment Awareness
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
October 6, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC--"You're Hired! Success Knows No Limitations!"
That's the theme picked for the National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the U.S. Labor Department announced Wednesday.
"People with disabilities are an untapped source of both capable employees and valued customers," said Roy Grizzard, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, in a D.O.L. press release.
"The theme 'You're Hired! Success Knows No Limitations!' will help federal, state and local governments, advocacy groups and the business community plan events and programs throughout October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month that highlight the talents and skills of job seekers and working Americans who have disabilities," he explained.
In legislation passed in 1945, the U.S. Congress proclaimed the first week in October as "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." President Harry S. Truman made the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities responsible for carrying out the law.
The week-long recognition was later extended to encompass the entire month of October, and the name was changed to the "National Disability Employment Awareness Month" in 1988. The responsibility for leading the nation-wide awareness campaign was transferred to ODEP three years ago.
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