Defiance County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DCBDD) is participating in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October.

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion”

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring 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.

“Our national recovery from the pandemic cannot be completed without the inclusion of all Americans, in particular people with disabilities,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.

Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, DCBDD will engage in a variety of activities to educate the community on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture.

“DCBDD is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Timothy Bower, Superintendent “We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”

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