In 1945 Congress passed Public Law 176 where the first week of October would be recognized as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” By 1988, Congress changed the timeframe to the entire month and the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” The 2011 theme: “Talent Has No Boundaries: Workforce Diversity INCLUDES Workers with Disabilities” represents that workers with disabilities are diversified and a vibrant talented work source (comments taken from the United States Department of Labor).
Nearly all persons with a disability have something the can contribute to organizations. Given the opportunity and training they will give back more that the employers invest several times fold. I was blessed with working with some of these people in my consultant days and to the individual – they excelled and set solid, ethical, and professional benchmarks for others to follow.
A few years ago, a friend of mine told me about a company in Hot Springs, Arkansas had a company where over 90% of his employees were disabled. It was truly amazing when I got to see this team of people working and how well they worked together. It is Win-Win-Win for the community, people and company.
So when you are looking for help, please consider interviewing a person with disabilities - you may just find that they are the right answer. Thanks.