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CEC Celebrates National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is pitching in to help educate the public on disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
As educators of children and youth with disabilities, you play an integral role in helping prepare students for life after school, whether they transition to college or the workforce.
Did you know:
• Only 20.5% of people with disabilities participate in the workforce compared with 69.1% of people without disabilities.
• The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 14.1% while the unemployment rate for people without disabilities 7.1%.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October recognizes the societal and workforce contributions of people with disabilities. Congress designated in 1945 the first “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”; the word “physically” was removed in 1962 to allow for the inclusion of all Americans with disabilities. In 1988, the week was extended to a month and changed its name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”
Written by: CoRetta Limous
Posted: Sep 27, 2013 by CoRetta Limous