Region V Services Auburn Honors ESU 4 During National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Nemaha County Herald photo by David Swanson
Oct. 20, 2022
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Educational Service Unit 4, based in Auburn, has been recognized by Region V Services Auburn in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Region V Services Auburn works with individuals having developmental disabilities. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual awareness campaign commemorated each October.
Its purpose is to educate about disability employment issues while celebrating the many and varied contributions of American workers with disabilities. The 2022 theme is Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.
The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945. That year, Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1962, the word physically was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month. The name was changed to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
“Our national recovery from the pandemic cannot be completed without the inclusion of all Americans, in particular people with disabilities. Their contributions have historically been vital to our nation’s success and are more important today than ever. We must build an economy that fully includes the talent and drive of those with disabilities,” said Marty Walsh, U.S. secretary of labor.