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Governor DeWine's Proclamation - October 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a proclamation:

WHEREAS, October 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month; and

WHEREAS, the State of Ohio recognizes the many contributions of Ohioans with disabilities who are active in the workforce; and

WHEREAS, the purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate the public 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 dates to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”; and 

WHEREAS, in 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities; and 

WHEREAS, in 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month; and 

WHEREAS, workplaces welcoming of the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, are a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy; and 

WHEREAS, Ohio is wholly committed to maximizing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities through education, training, collaboration, and awareness; and 

WHEREAS, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities is empowering Ohioans with disabilities through employment, and Ohio is setting a high standard by bringing together businesses and partners to break down the barriers faced by individuals with disabilities who are working or seeking employment; and 

NOW, THEREFORE, We, Mike DeWine and Jon Husted, Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Ohio, do hereby officially recognize October as 


on this 1st day of October 2021.