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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Updated: Jan 10, 2023

Author: Library of Congress

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In October, Americans observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation’s economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.

This effort to educate the public about the issues related to disability and employment began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176, declaring the first week of October each year as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week. In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. Some 25 years later, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

About the 2022 Theme

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the theme for 2022 National Disability Employment Awareness Month is "Disability: Part of the Equity Equation."

For additional details visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy Website.


This resource lists national organizations that provide information on a range of issues related to recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining employees with disabilities.

Executive and Legislative Documents

Signed into law by Pres. George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.

Here in Jackson, Wyoming, our residents love working for the following local businesses:

The Animal Adoption Center

St Johns

The Jackson Hole Playhouse

Jackson Animal Hospital

White Chapel


Silver Dollar Bar & Grill

Blue Spruce Cleaners

TJ Maxx

Teton County Rec Center

Boot Barn

Big R

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