SLN Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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The Sibling Leadership Network celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness month this October. We acknowledge the importance of employment for all people, especially those that have been historically denied the right to work. We also acknowledge how brothers and sisters support each other in employment.

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.”

NDEAM’s roots go 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.”

For more information:  http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/

To see how siblings support employment of people with disabilities on a personal level, check out these stories: 

http://siblingleadership.org/research/employment/

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