In 1945, Congress designated the first week of October as” National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”. In the 1970s, there was a historic shift in disability public policy and the exclusion of peoples with disabilities was viewed as discrimination. This led to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. This month recognizes the potential of American’s million working-age people with disabilities.
“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”
This year’s theme is Inclusion Drives Innovation. To find out more, visit the United States Department of Labor