Every October Americans observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation's economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.
This effort to educate the public about the issues related to disability and employment began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176, declaring the first week of October each year as 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. Some 25 years later, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
On October 1, 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed October 2012 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In his message the President emphasized that "All Americans are entitled to an accessible workplace, a level playing field, and the same privileges, pursuits, and opportunities as any of their family, friends, and neighbors. This month, let us rededicate ourselves to bringing down barriers and raising up aspirations for all our people, regardless of disability, so we may share in a brighter future together."
NRCS 2012 Disability Awareness Poster Contest
The Natural Resources Conservation Service promotes awareness of the contributions and skills of workers with disabilities by a nationwide poster contest each year that is open to all full and part time employees. “A Strong Workforce Is an Inclusive Workforce” is the official theme for the October 2012 celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Cristina Clark-Cuadrado, NRCS Soil Conservationist in Gettysburg, PA, is the winner of the 2012 Poster Contest. Cristina's poster can be downloaded below. This document requires Adobe Acrobat.
2012 Disability Poster Winner (PDF; 280 KB)
Winning Posters from Previous Years:
The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.
2011 (PDF; 3.2 MB)
2010 (PDF; 6.6 MB)
2009 (PDF; 162 KB)
2008 (PDF; 906 KB)
2007 (PDF; 479 KB)
2006 (PDF; 231 KB)
Click on the image to download a copy of the poster (in PDF format)
Author: Cristina Clark-Cuadrado, Soil Conservationist, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania NRCS