October Declared Disability Employment Awareness Month in Colorado

(DENVER) – Governor John Hickenlooper has issued a proclamation declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness Month, a time to recognize the value that people with disabilities bring to Colorado’s workforce and to promote the hiring of individuals with disabilities.

During Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Department of Labor and Employment and its Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will present the second annual Shining Stars of VR Awards, honoring the achievements of workers with disabilities as well as celebrating businesses and advocates who are committed to increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities. Nominations are now being accepted at www.colorado.gov/dvr until October 12th.

Throughout the month, the Department of Labor and Employment will also be sharing information about the employment of people with disabilities on Facebook and on Twitter.  Success stories will be featured along with testimonials from employers and news about events happening across the state.

About National Disability Employment Month

National Disability Employment Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2018 is "America’s Workforce: Empowering All."

NDEAM has been celebrating disability inclusion for more than 75 years.  Its roots go 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.”

Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at  (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003

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