Friday, October 8, 2010

National Council on Disability Supports National Disability Employment Awareness Month

NEWS RELEASE

NCD #10–606

October 8, 2010

Contact: Mark S. Quigley

mquigley@ncd.gov

202-272-2004


WASHINGTON—The National Council on Disability (NCD) today recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month, calling on its stakeholders to redouble their efforts around improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities.

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which occurs each October, is to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment. The theme for this year’s observance is “Talent Has No Boundaries: Workforce Diversity Includes Workers with Disabilities.”

According to Dr. Fernando Torres-Gil, NCD Vice Chair for Policy, “National disability employment awareness should be an on-going daily activity to ensure that people with disabilities are fully represented in the workforce. Employment numbers for this segment of the population are abysmally low. More needs to be done now to put this population to work. To that end, we’re delighted that President Obama on July 26, the 20th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, signed an Executive Order—Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, which calls on the Federal Government to become a model employer of people with disabilities.”

Ari Ne’eman, NCD Vice Chair for Engagement, had this to say, “The President’s executive order is a great first step – it is critical that the federal government serve as a model for the private sector. The services and supports structure for assisting people with significant disabilities in finding and keeping employment is in dire need of modernization, as is our nation’s approach toward post-secondary transition for students with disabilities. NCD is looking forward to working with our partners in both Congress and the executive branch to craft practical solutions to these challenges. As Congress prepares to re-authorize critical legislation such as the Workforce Investment Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is important for people with disabilities to be at the table.”


For more information, please contact NCD’s Director of Communications, Mark Quigley, at mquigley@ncd.gov or by telephone at 202-272-2004.



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