JVSLA Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Los Angeles, CA (October 2015) — JVSLA 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 (NDEA) Month is to educate the community about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "My disability is one part of who I am."

“JVSLA is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Deborah Culbertson, Manager, Disability and Assessment, JVSLA. "We want to spread the important message that we value the diverse perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities. By sharing information and joining the conversation online through Twitter and Facebook, we hope to contribute to raise awareness for NDEA."

JVSLA’s state-of-the-art Disability and Assessment services offer comprehensive vocational evaluations to a wide range of JVS clients, including individuals with disabilities, veterans, refugees and immigrants, and career professionals in transition. The Center specializes in the area of assistive technology and is the only facility in Southern California offering full vocational evaluations to individuals who are blind and visually impaired.  The Center also provides job search skills training and career exploration.
The evolution of National Disability Employment Awareness Month began in 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October "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.

"This year's theme encapsulates the important message that people with disabilities are just that — people," said Jennifer Sheehy, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for disability employment policy. "And like all people, we are the sum of many parts, including our work experiences. Disability is an important perspective we bring to the table, but, of course, it's not the only one."

Employers and employees in all industries 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.

To learn more about the history, programs and services of JVS, please visit www.jvsla.org.

Liza Sacilioc
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