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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

2010-10-01

Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week."  In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributins of individuals with all types of disabilities.  In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name.