Brevard Achievement Center Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Nationwide campaign will take place in October
(Rockledge, FL) — October 1, 2019 — Brevard Achievement Center announced 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. This year’s theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now.”
The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 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 contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
“Every day, individuals with disabilities add significant value and talent to our workforce and economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Individuals with disabilities offer employers diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success. Individuals with disabilities have the right talent, right now.”
Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, BAC will engage in a variety of activities to educate community members on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. These efforts include co-hosting a panel of experts to discuss reasonable accommodations in the workforce on October 10th and BAC’s 3rd Annual Employ, Empower: Achieve Award Celebration on October 23rd.
“BAC is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Amar Patel, President and CEO. “We want to spread the important message that all talent, including those talents of individuals with disabilities, are to be valued in the workforce and the community as a whole.”
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 www.dol.gov/NDEAM or contacting BAC at 321.632.8610.