FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an opportunity to reaffirm Fort Leonard Wood’s commitment to recruit, retain and advance individuals with disabilities throughout our workforce. It is also a time to recognize the many and varied contributions America’s workers with disabilities make each and every day across our community.
During World War II, injured service members returned from the war to the civilian workforce and the public noticed their value the workplace. In 1945, Congress used the first week of October to recognize workers with physical limitations. Over time, the observance expanded from a week to a month and was named National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Historically, individuals with disabilities encountered struggles in employment opportunities. The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 made it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees with disabilities including during the job application, hiring, promotion, and discharge process. The legislation also required reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities to do their jobs.
Fort Leonard Wood is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities and a welcoming environment for all. Our team is strong because of the diversity of our employees and local community.
For additional information, please contact the Fort Leonard Wood Equal Employment Opportunity Office at 573.596.0602 or 8048.
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