EXPECTATION: Disability Employment Awareness

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Did you know? October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Did you know? In this country there are 54 million people with disabilities.

In 1988 Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. President Obama has issued a similar proclamation, using the occasion to announce several new initiatives.This is an effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment The motto is:

Expectation + Opportunity = Full participation

I am reminded of a recent conversation with a young woman who teaches 7th grade math. Knowing my interest, she told me that she has in her regular classroom a girl who has Down syndrome. During a conference the girl’s mother asked, “What do we need to teach our daughter so she can work at McDonald’s?” The teacher responded indignantly, “She won’t be working at McDonald’s! She is one of my best students and she will have many opportunities.”

Now, that’s expectation.

Check out who we’re talking about:

The newly launched Campaign for Disability Employment has produced a public service announcement that showcases the workplace skills and talents of people with disabilities. View it yourself and help spread the word about this important campaign by clicking here.

Do you have experiences and observations about people with disabilities in the working place? I would love to hear from you.

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