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US Department of Labor Recognizes Equity in the Workforce

Differently-abled employees are honored as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

June 27, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor last week announced that in recognition of the vital role people with disabilities play in making the nation’s workforce diverse and inclusive, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation” has been chosen as the theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022.

Led by its Office of Disability Employment Policy, the department’s annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month acknowledges the contributions to the nation’s economy made by workers with disabilities, current, and past. The commemoration also showcases supportive and inclusive policies and practices benefiting workers and employers.

“A strong workforce is the sum of many parts, and disability has always been a key part of the equation,” said Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Taryn M. Williams. “People with disabilities make up a wonderfully multifaceted group. By recognizing the full complexion of our community, we can ensure our efforts to achieve disability inclusion are, in fact, truly inclusive.”

In April 2022, the department published its Equity Action Plan to support marginalized, vulnerable, and underserved communities and outlined its efforts to advance equity across the department.

 

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