Alicia Greene, PIA Disability Special Emphasis Program Manager can be reached at (808) 933-8381.
The National Disability Employment Awareness Month is in October of each year. It is a month-long tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation's economy strong. The month also serves to reaffirm commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens. The official theme of the 2014 National Disability Employment Awareness Month is "Expect. Employ. Empower."
From Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy:
We all have a role to play in — and benefit to gain from — increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities. This year's theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It's about creating a continuum of inclusion.
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.