Tysons, Va. — LMI today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign in October. National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities and educates about disability employment issues. This year's theme is "Increasing Access and Opportunity."
National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces to 1945 when Congress declared 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.
"Ensuring that America’s workplaces continue to include and accommodate people with disabilities will be an important part of our economic rebound,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia when announcing this year’s theme. “Looking ahead, the Department will remain focused on the policies that led to a strong economy and record-low unemployment rates for persons with disabilities prior to the pandemic. A vigorous economic rebound and job growth will, alongside the Americans with Disabilities Act, increase access and opportunity for Americans with disabilities."
Throughout the month, LMI will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate our employees on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture, such as our partnership with VITAC, a full-service captioning provider, and educating our employees on disability history and etiquette.
LMI is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.
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.