Goodwill Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Expect. Employ. Empower.

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 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”
Ohio Valley Goodwill is pleased to announce 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 about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

“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. And the first step on this continuum is expectation,” said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy when announcing this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme, which is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, Ohio Valley Goodwill will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate the community on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture. These efforts include a Transition Boot Camp booster session on Employment being held at the organization’s corporate headquarters on Tuesday, October 7th from 6:00-8:00 pm as well as a community outreach presentation to Proctor and Gamble of October 15th. To register online for your free reservation for the Transition Boot Camp booster session, visit http://goo.gl/w1Ttqx.

“Ohio Valley Goodwill is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said George Palmer, Marketing Director. “We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities.”

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/.

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