Falls Church, VA. October 13, 2016 – As a model employer of people with disabilities and having received the National Organization on Disability’s (NOD) 2016 Leading Disability Employer Seal™ , New Editions is pleased to join the US Department of Labor in celebrating 70 years of disability inclusion by observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 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 "InclusionWorks."
New Editions encourages other employers to 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.
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.
"By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges," said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. "Our nation's most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation."
The quote by Shelia Newman, President of New Editions, on our conference room wall reflects this year’s theme #InclusionWorks: “New Editions looks like every company in America should look, with a workforce representing the rich diversity of our country - made up of many different races, religions, ages, cultures, and disabilities.”
We will continue our inclusive policies and are always disseminating the important message that we value the diverse perspectives of all our employees, including those with disabilities.