Disability Employment Awareness Month


WHEREAS, of the four million Virginia residents who are employed, 179,000 of them are individuals with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 46, signed on July 27, 2015, directs the Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade to work with the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, and other executive branch agencies to expand efforts to attract Virginians with disabilities to the Virginia workplace; and

WHEREAS, in accordance to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, effective March 24, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs set a seven percent hiring benchmark for federal government contractors to include qualified individuals with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, Virginians with disabilities, including veterans, have the ability and desire to seek employment and to achieve economic self-sufficiency as equal members of the workforce; and

WHEREAS, employers can enhance their businesses and workplaces by creating a common ground of career opportunities and hiring qualified individuals with disabilities; and

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Labor’s theme for this year’s national observance, “#InclusionWorks,” reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 2016 as DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.