Theme is: America’s Workforce: Empowering All
(Oct. 1, 2018) – This October, the Maryland
Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration
proud to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with
disabilities during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945 when
Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October as, 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. Finally, in 1988, Congress expanded the week to
the entire month of October and changed the name to what it is today — National
Disability Employment Awareness Month.
of the Developmental Disabilities
Administration is to enhance the lives of people with
developmental disabilities and to provide much-needed tools and knowledge, so they
can live active, full lives and ultimately become working and living members in
the communities of their choice,” said Bernard Simons, Deputy Secretary Developmental
Disabilities Administration. “We are
committed to supporting a robust and competitive American labor force and are
proud to fully participate in National Disability Employment
upon this year's theme: America’s
Workforce: Empowering All, the DDA will be engaging in a variety of
activities throughout the month, including a robust social media campaign
designed to raise awareness about the state’s “Employment First” initiative, to
educate its stakeholders and the community on disability employment issues and
its commitment to an inclusive work culture.
and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in
National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its
messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.
Marylanders who need help
finding substance use disorder treatment resources should visit http://goo.gl/nIfGm0 or call Maryland Crisis Connect, which provides 24/7 support, at 211,
press 1. For information on many of the policies currently implemented to fight
addiction and overdose in Maryland, see http://goo.gl/KvEzQw. If you know of someone in need of treatment for a substance use
disorder, treatment facilities can be located by location and program
characteristics on our page at http://goo.gl/rbGF6S.
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promote and improve the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease
prevention, access to care, quality management, and community engagement. Stay
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