October, 2014: Michigan Disability Employment Awareness Month

WHEREAS, in Michigan approximately 19 percent of people with a disability are employed; and,

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

WHEREAS, since 1945 Congress has designated a week in October which has culminated into National Disability Employment Awareness Month with the 2014 theme being "Expect. Employ. Empower.”; 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, to promote opportunities for all citizens with disabilities in Michigan to gain individual integrated employment and to engage businesses to value the contributions that employees with disabilities bring to their organization 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 and to make sure all of Michigan’s citizens 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 2014 as Michigan Disability Employment Awareness Month.