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Iowans with Disabilities in Action Join Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Aware

(Des Moines, IA) — October 9, 2018 — Iowans with Disabilities in Action today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "America’s Workforce: Empowering All"

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

"Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation."

Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, Iowans with Disabilities in Action will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate Iowans on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. 

"Iowans with Disabilities in Action is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Rik Shannon, public policy manager at the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council. "We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities."

Iowans can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting www.dol.gov/ndeam.

ID Action has interviewed Iowans with disabilities across the state to document and share their stories. To learn more about the experiences of Iowans with disabilities in the workforce, visit the ID Action website at www.idaction.org

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Launched in 2002, Iowans with Disabilities in Action (ID Action) is a non-partisan initiative to encourage Iowans with disabilities to increase their participation in civic and political opportunities. More than 9,500 ID Action registrants are working to make a positive impact across Iowa. For more information on ID Action, please visit www.idaction.org or call 1-866-432-2846.