October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Our nation has recognized the contributions of workers with disabilities since 1945, first as a single honorary week in October and then, beginning in 1988, the entire month of October. The theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month this year is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task,” and the U.S. Department of Labor has developed a resource toolbox and other information on its National Disability Employment Awareness Month web page to help promote employment of Americans with disabilities.

In his official presidential proclamation, President Obama urged all Americans “to embrace the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people,” and in a recent blog post about leadership, COL David Sutherland used a quote from another famous American that I think is also fitting for National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

General George Patton once said, “Don’t tell someone how to do it, tell them what to do and they’ll surprise you.”

As COL Sutherland said in his post, follow General Patton’s advice and you’ll have workers who are both competent and confident.


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