October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Every year there is a theme that summarizes the focus of the current year. Employment opportunities for those with disabilities have been an ongoing barrier for decades, preventing these individuals from showcasing their skills. For some the remote work during the pandemic has created a more level playing field, while for others it has been more of a systemic barrier. The fact is wherever a person lies on this spectrum, individuals with disabilities tend to be left behind when it comes to policy efforts.
With the America’s Recovery theme, it is saying don’t forget about us, those with disabilities. Make sure that this population, just like the other demographics, are included in the employment recovery efforts and community engagement. Remember, individuals with disabilities are not just a statistic, but are productive members of society, who are waiting to contribute. To read more about Disability Awareness Month, check out the U.S. Department Of Labor website at https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam