Through Presidential Proclamation, President Barack Obama publicly declared October 2011 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This proclamation recognizes the contributions that people with disabilities make every day and the vital role they play within our nation’s workforce and society.
The proclamation for the National Disability Employment Awareness Month was first introduced more than 20 years ago and while significant strides have been made—for instance through passage and enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act—there remains great room for growth. President Obama explains, “Unfortunately, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains too high -- nearly double the rate of people without disabilities -- and reversing this trend is crucial." To combat this issue, the Administration is promoting initiatives that will integrate people with disabilities and the elderly into our workforce in a more effective way. This includes more hiring of persons with disabilities, ensuring the workplaces are accessible, and promoting accessible public transportation.
To read the full Presidential Proclamation, click here.