IDHS Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

10/19/2018

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Contact

Meghan Powers
meghan.powers@illinois.gov

Patrick Laughlin
patrick.laughlin@illinois.gov

Media Advisory: Friday, October 19, 2018

What:

IDHS Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Lunch and Learn: Speakers will discuss employment opportunities for persons with disabilities and how IDHS helps people with disabilities find and maintain employment.

Did you know?

  • People who have disabilities are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed
  • People who have disabilities can work and not lose their benefits
  • People who have disabilities work and excel in all industries and fields
  • Most job accommodations are free and those that cost money are typically under $500

Where:

Clinton Building
401 S. Clinton St, 1st Floor, Training Room 1
Chicago, IL

A full list of all events can be found here: NDEAM Events Page

When:

Friday, October 19, 2018, from 12 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Who:

Martha Younger-White, Bureau Chief, IDHS Bureau of Accessibility and Job Accommodation

Maria Doughty, Co-Chair, Illinois Task Force on Employment & Economic Opportunity for Persons with Disabilities

Why:

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "America's Workforce: Empowering All".

About National Disability Employment Awareness Month

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces 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 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.

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 .