Washington, DC, October 16, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- On the occasion of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and this week’s Disability Mentoring Day, Enable America is congratulating its corporate supporters for their inclusion initiatives over the past 12 months.
“We are bridge builders, but that would not be possible without a destination on the other side of the bridge,” said Richard Salem, founder and chairman of Enable America. “Through engagement in our activities, our partner employers have provided that destination for people of all abilities. We take this occasion to thank them for their participation in Enable America’s Career Mentoring Day events, Job Seeker Workshops, VetConnect programs for wounded warriors and disabled veterans, as well as our Community Connection and Business to Business meetings.”
Enable America is a non-profit committed to improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities, included disabled veterans and wounded warriors. Employers who have supported and participated in the organization’s events over the past year are Duke Energy, Northwestern Mutual, Eaton Corporation, Diversified Technologies, Lenovo, Rex Healthcare, The Carolina Hurricanes, Olive Garden Restaurants, SAS, Capitol Broadcasting, WakeMed, LabCorp, Lowe’s Companies, Parata Systems, Orion International, TWCNC, CareerPro, Verizon Wireless, Stantec, UPS and GSK.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, with history dating back nearly 70 years. In 1945, Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in each October as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” The word “physically” was removed in 1962, and in 1988 legislators expanded the observance to the month of October, under its current name. This year’s theme is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task."
Disability Mentoring Day is the third Wednesday each October, this year on October 16. It is an international event hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) in conjunction with the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
“As our partners in this purpose realize, work to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities is a full-time effort,” said Chris Jadick, Executive Director of Enable America. “We proudly support and participate in this month’s events, and make our programs available throughout the year to employers who are committed to diversity in the workplace.”
Enable America’s October events include Employment Mentoring and Career Exploration events at COSTCO and the Carolina Hurricanes, as well as a Jobs Skills Workshop for veterans at Ft. Bragg, NC. The Jobs Skills Workshop is made possible by a grant from Duke Energy.
People with disabilities who would like to participate in future Enable America events, as well as companies interested in sponsoring a program at their site, can find out more and register on the group’s website, www.EnableAmerica.org.
About Enable America: Established in 2002 by attorney Richard Salem, Enable America builds bridges between employers, social service agencies, and people with disabilities, including disabled veterans and wounded warriors, through programs that improve employment opportunities. The organization’s Community Connections, Business Connections, Employment Mentoring, Job Skills Workshops and VetConnect programs unite members of the disability community and business community to raise awareness and increase employment opportunities for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities. Information and success stories can be found at www.EnableAmerica.org.