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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 11, 2019 10:25 AM
From: Representative Thomas P. Murt
To: All House members
Subject: National Disability Employment Awareness Month
In the near future, I intend to reintroduce a resolution designating October, 2019 as "National Disability Employment Awareness Month" in Pennsylvania.

The purpose of "National Disability Employment Month" is to heighten the awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities.

The history of National Disability Employment Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "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. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The theme for 2019 is "The Right Talent, Right Now," which marks 74 years since the first observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this Resolution to raise awareness about the contributions of talented workers with disabilities.

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