This year’s observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month marks the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This legislation was the first to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability in federal programs, and later became the bedrock for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
This year’s theme is: “Advancing Access and Equity: Then, Now and Next,” celebrating past successes, while also looking at the work that’s still to be done.
NBC News recently reported that, despite a rise in employment rates for disabled persons following the pandemic, “[t]he unemployment rate for persons with a disability [is] still nearly twice as high as the rate for persons without a disability.”
The bottom line is, simply being aware of the inclusion disparity for people with disabilities is not enough. It’s time to get to work. Check out these ideas from the Department of Labor to cultivate greater access and inclusion for disabled persons in your workplace.
October is also Global Diversity Awareness month! Download our free Diversity Calendar and join us in creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world!
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