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October 2022: Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 01, 2022
WHEREAS, October 2022 marks the 77th Anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month; and,
WHEREAS, 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; and,
WHEREAS, the history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, and since the original declaration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month by the United States Congress in 1988, Congress has continued to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities; and,
WHEREAS, in recognition of the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce, the theme for the 77th Anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month will be “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation”; and,
WHEREAS, this year’s theme celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and workplaces welcoming the talents of all people as a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy; and,
WHEREAS, activities during this month will reinforce the value and talent people with disabilities add to our workplaces and communities and affirm Michigan’s commitment to an inclusive community that increases access and opportunities to all, including individuals with disabilities; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Michigan calls upon employers, schools, and community organizations in Michigan to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October with appropriate programs and activities, and to advance the important message that people with disabilities add value and talent to our workplaces and communities; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Michigan will continue to take steps throughout the year to recruit, hire, retain, and advance individuals with disabilities and work to pursue the goals of opportunity, full participation, economic self-sufficiency, and independent living for people with disabilities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2022 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in Michigan.