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National Disability Employment Awareness Month
This year, the U.S. Department of Labor is celebrating the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month with the inspiring theme “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” Their Campaign for Disability Employment is currently engaged in a public outreach program to encourage employers to recognize the important contributions of people with disabilities in the workplace and works to promote positive employment outcomes for these individuals. Their public service announcement serves as an important reminder that not all disabilities are visible and can be physical, intellectual, ambulatory, and more. Click here to watch the PSA.
In the United States, 65.5% of individuals with disabilities between the ages of 21 and 64 are unemployed. Additionally, 10.5% of disabled people nationwide are unemployed but actively seeking a job – that equals more than 2.8 million Americans with disabilities looking for work in the United States today! To learn more about what you can do you help promote opportunities, inclusion, and employment for people with disabilities, click here. If you have a disability and are seeking employment, visit Disability Job Exchange for resources.
In the upcoming year, Venture will continue to utilize our Supported Employment Program by identifying and assisting our program participants in cultivating and maintaining gainful employment. If you are interested in hiring someone from our program, please contact Kevin Hughes at firstname.lastname@example.org.