By Brenda Montgomery, ANAD EEOOctober 11, 2012
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- People with disabilities are a diverse group -- crossing lines of age, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.
President,George,H.W. Bush, in 1990, signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The law guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, telecommunications and state and local government services.
When many people doubted that individuals with disabilities could participate in society, contribute to the economy or support their families, the ADA asserted they could.
The effort to educate the American public about disability and employment actually began in 1945 when Congress enacted Public Law 176, which declared the first week of October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." The year 2012 marks the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Anniston Army Depot's focus for 2012 is to show how individuals with disabilities are given the opportunities to soar as far as their reach will let them. This year's Disability Awareness Program will enlighten the workforce about individuals with disabilities who are employed at Anniston Army Depot.
If you take a look around ANAD, you may see an employee working in Small Arms in a wheelchair or an amputee in the Directorate of Public Works working as dispatcher. In the Headquarters Building, an employee with hearing impairment makes business cards, another employee is a supervisor and there is a blind employee working in tenant organization. The list goes on and on as to what employees at Anniston are doing.