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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM


Goodwill Success Story - MikeOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin and Metropolitan Chicago is encouraging employers in both the private and public sectors to strengthen their workforces by hiring qualified people with disabilities—like Mike, a young man with Down syndrome, who works for Goodwill's E-cycle program.

Approximately one in five Americans has a disability and they make up nearly 20 percent of America’s workforce, yet their unemployment rate is more than twice that of workers without disabilities. Employing Americans with disabilities is not about charity. Most employers report no cost or very low costs when making workplace accommodations for people with disabilities. According to the Job Accommodation Network, 58 percent of employers said accommodations needed by employees and job applicants with disabilities cost absolutely nothing. Additionally, those employers who make accommodations for employees with disabilities report multiple benefits including employee retention, increased worker productivity, ultimately cost savings due to reduced turnover.

For more than 110 years, Goodwill has helped people navigate the challenges they face when seeking employment, including disabilities, lack of education or work experience, and other factors that make it difficult for someone to gain employment and build a career. Goodwill staff members work with people to develop their employment skills, including résumé writing, job interview practice, job search help, and more. People with disabilities can receive a number of services through Goodwill including access to assistive technology, soft skills training, health care, occupational therapy, transportation, and other accommodations that may be needed to perform their jobs. In addition, Goodwill trains people to work in a variety of high-growth industries outside of Goodwill such as computer programming, construction, financial services, health care, and many others.

Held each October, the U.S. Department of Labor commemorates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Goodwill stands with the U.S. Department of Labor and encourages companies and organizations to build more inclusive business cultures that value diversity and encourage leaders to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities, which in the end will benefit everyone.
Click here to learn more about Mike's journey with Goodwill, or click on the image below to watch Mike's video.
Goodwill Success Story - Mike

Topics: National Disability Employment Awareness Month, disability awareness, Goodwill

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