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Cultural Observances and Awareness Events: National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022

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Theme: Disability: Part of the Equity Equation

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the purpose of this observance is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.  This year's theme is Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.  

National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces its history back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October of each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week."  In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge all types of disabilities and then in 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

People with disabilities are a diverse group that includes people with sensory, physical, and mental conditions. Disabilities cross lines of age, ethnicity, sex, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Below is a sampling of LRC books in support of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  These books are either available for check out from the LRC or can be accessed online as eBooks through our EBSCOhost eBook database subscription (login credentials are posted on Blackboard under Services or see LRC staff).

Books available in the LRC and which are on display during October

Some of the information on this page was borrowed from the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy resources page and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute page for 2022 National Disability Employment Awareness Month.