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Disability Employment Awareness Month Facts & Figures

pwd-mib-climber-350x300National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October recognizes the societal and workforce contributions of people with disabilities. Congress designated in 1945 the first “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”; the word “physically” was removed in 1962 to allow for the inclusion of all Americans with disabilities. In 1988, the week was extended to a month and changed its name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”

Click the images below, or the following links, to expand the view or download a PDF: National Disability Employment Awareness Month Timeline and National Disability Employment Awareness Month Fact & Figures


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