Spotlight on RCS
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
RCS Empowers, Inc. today announced its participation 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 “InclusionWorks.”
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.
“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.”
Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, RCS Empowers, Inc. will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate its participants and employers on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. These efforts include a luncheon on October 13th, recognizing over 120 local Sheboygan County businesses who employ individuals with disabilities. The luncheon is sponsored by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, HearthStone of Wisconsin and RCS Empowers, Inc. Awards are presented in recognition of exceptional commitment to hire and support people with disabilities. The award categories include New Employers, Outstanding Employers, HearthStone for ongoing support, and a Governor’s award which is presented to one Exemplary Employer in Sheboygan County.
“RCS Empowers, Inc. is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Lynn Justinger, Employment Services Coordinator. “We want to spread the important message that we value diverse perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”
Employers 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.