National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Friday October 9, 2009

What is it?

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity to recognize the talents, skills and dedication of Americans with disabilities who are a vital part of our workforce. In addition to increasing the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities, the month is meant to raise awareness of specific ongoing employment barriers that need to be addressed. The 2009 national campaign theme is "Expectation + Opportunity = Full Participation," which supports the Department of Labor's Disability Employment Policy's vision of a world with unlimited employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

What has the Army done?

The Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights Office continues to provide disabled employees with support while also working to increase the number of disabled employees through a dedicated special emphasis program. A Disability
Mentoring Day will be held at the Pentagon on Oct. 19th, it will provide
disabled students and veterans an opportunity to learn about civilian
jobs and opportunities with the Department of the Army. Training seminars aimed at teaching participants how to write an effective resume or cover letter and how to prepare for a job interview will be held throughout the day as well.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army Wounded Warrior Program provides support for Soldiers and veterans who were severely wounded, injured or became ill while serving their country. The program assists and advocates for these Soldiers, regardless of their location or their recovery/rehabilitation timeline. The Army will also continue to support in the planning and execution of events meant to recognize the contributions of disabled employees, including the 29th Annual Department of Defense Disability Awards Ceremony and 22nd Annual Department of Defense Disability Forum.

Why is it important to the Army?

The Army believes that disabled does not equal disqualified and recognizes the talent that exists in disabled veterans and civilian applicants. The number of wounded Soldiers has grown after more than seven years of sustained conflict. The Army is committed to showing its Soldiers the same level of appreciation and dedication that they showed their country by providing them with the resources they need to build a strong personal and professional life for themselves as they transition into civilian life.

Resources:

President's Proclamation on the National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2009

Office of Disability Employment Policy

Department of the Army Equal Employment Opportunity and Civil Rights Office

Army Wounded Warrior Program

Call: 1- 800-237-1336

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Events

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

October 2009

Army Domestic Abuse Prevention/Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Depression Education and Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Fair access to employment is a fundamental right of every American, including the 54 million people in this country living with disabilities. A job can provide financial stability, help maximize our potential, and allow us to achieve our dreams. As Americans, we possess a range of vocational opportunities to make the most of our talents and succeed in a chosen career; those with disabilities are entitled to the same opportunities."

- President Barack Obama

View the complete President's Proclamation on the National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2009

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"It's impossible to celebrate all of the many cultures and heritages in this country. But, as a nation and as an Army it is important that we observe those that we can. We must acknowledge and appreciate the differences that make us one."

- Master Sgt. Denise Underwood

Army Reserve "Wildcats" celebrates Hispanic heritage

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