For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 18, 2018
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.
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A full list of all events can be found here: NDEAM Events Page
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
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 .
Illinois Department of Human ServicesJB Pritzker, Governor · Grace B. Hou, Secretary
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