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For Immediate Release

October is National Disability Employment Month

Celebrating "Inclusion Drives Innovation" Campaign

Raleigh, NC, October 1, 2017

At Easterseals UCP, we support and encourage employment for people with disabilities.  This month we honor our business partners, support staff and individuals employed.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment for National Disability Employment Awareness Month is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”


Every October, we celebrate individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to the American workforce.  “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta.  “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions.  Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”

In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October as ‘National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.’  In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped.  In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

Send us your photo and story about your job at cindy.martin@eastersealsucp.com and let us share your success at work.  Check out resources and tools from the U.S. Department of Labor at Inclusion Drives Innovation Campaign

 Learn more about Easterseals UCP Employment and Training Services program 



Easterseals UCP is a non-profit organization serving the special needs communities in North Carolina and Virginia.  Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.

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