The Department of Labor Chooses ‘Disability: Part of the Equity Equation’ as this year’s theme
In recognition of the celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Ohio Valley Goodwill wanted to share this important announcement from the U.S. Department of Labor. In recognition of the vital role people with disabilities play in making the nation’s workforce diverse and inclusive, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation” has been chosen as the theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022.
Led by its Office of Disability Employment Policy, the department’s annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month acknowledges the contributions to the nation’s economy made by workers with disabilities, current and past. The commemoration also showcases supportive and inclusive policies and practices benefiting workers and employers.
“A strong workforce is the sum of many parts, and disability has always been a key part of the equation,” said Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Taryn M. Williams. “People with disabilities make up a wonderfully multifaceted group. By recognizing the full complexion of our community, we can ensure our efforts to achieve disability inclusion are, in fact, truly inclusive.”
In April 2022, the department published its Equity Action Plan to support marginalized, vulnerable and underserved communities, and outline its efforts to advance equity across the department.
For more than 106 years, Ohio Valley Goodwill has been committed toward helping people with disabilities to be fully included in the Greater Cincinnati community and to thrive through the power of employment. Last year alone, the organization served almost 3000 people and helped 920 to obtain jobs in the area. A most recent example is the story of Danny Williams who is currently working with Goodwill Employment Specialist, Lisa Martin, on his personal quest for employment. Please take a minute to view the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMHBHehnQo8&t=2s We look forward to sharing Danny’s success in the weeks to come.
Throughout the month of October, we will be featuring individual stories of success from people the organization has proudly served and looking forward to sharing their personal stories as well as promoting the employment of all in an inclusive and welcoming workforce. Watch this space! For more information about Ohio Valley Goodwill’s many Employment services, visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/services. To find out about Goodwill’s mission of service in the Greater Cincinnati community, please visit www.cincinnatigoodwill.org/about.