Disability Employment Awareness

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In addition to National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month. How appropriate that they occur in the same month!

In the last few years, we have seen many adults with Down syndrome in the workplace. Billy is one of them; he has worked at Food City in Kingsport for over 10 years. He was originally hired by Ed Moore, who has been a manager at the grocery chain for over fifty years. His philosophy is one that might be adopted by all employers.

Click on the image to see the Grown Man Now Interview Series; “Current Employment” is the name of this interview with Mr. Moore.

Interview with Mr. Ed Moore, Food City Manager

Interview with Mr. Ed Moore, Food City Manager

We also see adults with other disabilities in a number of work situations. Employers have found that many people formerly considered unemployable can be valuable members of the work force if they are trained properly and given the opportunity. Our president emphasizes their value to our nation in declaring October  National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Utilizing the talents of all Americans is essential for our Nation to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we recognize the skills that people with disabilities bring to our workforce, and we rededicate ourselves to improving employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors for those living with disabilities…

— Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

Are you aware of the many adults with disabilities at work in your community?


3 Responses to “Disability Employment Awareness”

  1. Ellen S. Says:

    Hi, Jane. And hi, Billy. I have thought about this topic a lot, as I have often wondered what type of work Max might do as an adult. Our local Whole Foods employs some adults with disabilities. I also work at Hearst, the publishing company; for many years, they have employed adults with disabilities as part of their mailroom staff.

  2. Jane Schulz Says:

    Ellen, thanks for your comment.I think if we look around we can find any number of jobs our kids can do. For example, we have several restaurants that employ people with disabilities to roll the silverware in napkins.It takes an awareness and a willingness.

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