October 2017: Disability Employment Awareness Month

WHEREAS, people with developmental disabilities in Michigan share with the state’s other residents the right to work in competitive, integrated work environments with the necessary supports; and,

WHEREAS, it has been more than 70 years since Congress designated a week in October for this cause, which has now become National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The 2017 theme for Michigan is “Employment First for Michigan.”; and,

WHEREAS, every person, regardless of ability, has valuable strengths, infinite capacity to learn and the potential to make important contributions to their local communities; and,

WHEREAS, it is important to promote opportunities for all people with disabilities in Michigan so they may gain individual integrated employment. It is also important to engage businesses so they value the contributions that employees with disabilities bring to their organization, knowing they will enhance the employment landscape and enable Michigan to compete with other states to bring in high-demand businesses and jobs; and,

WHEREAS, Disability Employment Awareness Month is a good opportunity to recognize Michigan’s employment accomplishments concerning persons with disabilities and to also identify the improvements to employment that are needed to obtain a competitive wage in an integrated environment as well as to make sure all of Michigan’s residents with developmental disabilities are included; and,

WHEREAS, celebrating the abilities and contributions of people with developmental disabilities can only serve to enrich the communities of Michigan and enhance our diversity;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, Governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Michigan.