October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the 2020 observance combines two major milestones for people with disabilities.
It’s the 75th anniversary of the national employment awareness observance, which had its beginnings in 1945 when Congress passed a bill declaring the first week of October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” The observance has come a long way from those beginnings, but the month is still dedicated to raising awareness that people with disabilities can, and want, to work and to encourage employers to consider people with disabilities as viable job candidates.
This year also is the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA is a foundational law that has helped untold numbers of people with disabilities to become more engaged in their communities and become more independent.
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