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Knox EEO Office joins broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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By EEO Office Staff

The Fort Knox EEO Office announced Oct. 1 its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October.

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate communities about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October “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.

“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”

Fort Knox agencies
and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, according to
EEO officials, and ways they can promote its
messages during October and throughout the
year.

“Fort Knox EEO Office is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said EEO Office Director Robert Brown. “We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”

For more information, visit www.dol.gov/
ndeam.