Accessible Web is proud to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Every year, this month is dedicated to educating and raising awareness on the necessity and value of hiring people with disabilities. This year’s theme is America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, this theme signifies the “importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.” The pandemic is affecting us all, and everyone must be included in our road to recovery.
One of our core values here at Accessible Web is inclusion, and we practice that by hiring people with disabilities to ensure we are actually making an impact on their experience on the web. We cannot work on a product in hopes of benefitting someone without having them involved in the process.
History and Timeline of the Law
1945 – A law was passed declaring the first week of October, “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.”
1962 – The law was amended to “National Employ the Handicapped Week.”
1988 – The law was amended to its current form. “National Disability Employment Month,” spanning all of October.
Join us in celebrating this month by prioritizing inclusion. We believe people with disabilities should be offered equal opportunities to participate in society. As U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh stated, “People with disabilities’ contributions have historically been vital to our nation’s success, and are more important today than ever. We must build an economy that fully includes the talent and drive of those with disabilities.”Legislation like this drives our work here at Accessible Web, and it is our hope that we can honor this by helping to build a more inclusive web together.