The State ADA Coordinator’s Office Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

(Atlanta, Georgia) — October 1, 2021 — The State ADA Coordinator’s Office of the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion"

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945 when 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 and changed the name 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,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh. “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.”

Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, the State ADA Coordinator’s Office of the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate its internal and external customers on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. These efforts include participation in the NDEAM Georgia Coalition, the inclusion of NDEAM-related resources and guidance in the office’s July and October quarterly e-newsletters, The ADA Informer, as well as a featured interview, sharing of the NDEAM poster with all ADA partners, relaunch of the Living and Thriving with a Disability webinar, and providing resources to assist individuals with disabilities who are seeking employment.
 
"The State ADA Coordinator’s Office of the Georgia State Financing and Investment Commission is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Stacey Valrie Peace, Esq., State ADA Coordinator. "We want to spread the important message that we value all workplace contributions and perspectives, which includes those of individuals with disabilities."

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 The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy website.