Washington, D.C., Oct. 12 – Gov. Bill Haslam has officially proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Tennessee.
“People with disabilities in Tennessee share with the state’s other six million residents the desire to achieve personal success and economic self-sufficiency through meaningful work in the communities,” said Gov. Haslam in the proclamation. “Every person, regardless of ability, has valuable strengths, infinite capacity to learn, and the potential to make important contributions to their local communities.”
This proclamation comes after a year of steady job growth for people with disabilities. Last year, 7,191 people with disabilities gained job in Tennessee.
Activities throughout the month should reflect the message that people with and without disabilities share the same workplace goals and values. According to Gov. Haslam, these values and goals are “embracing systems change and achieving several milestones resulting in jobs in community settings at competitive wages.” [continue reading…]