Disabilities Employment Month
The theme of this years’ annual celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month: “Because We are Equal to the Task” is designed to capture the vital role that expectations play in our successes as individuals, employees and as a society
Disability Employment The many statewide celebrations of this great month shows everyone, especially those new in recovery, that becoming disabled is not a dead end crisis. Because of the sheer number of people with disabilities and organizations who support them, becoming disabled has gone from crisis to calling and is an opportunity to join forces with public and private groups as well as military personnel who return home with disabilities. People with disabilities compose the world’s largest minority.
Each October, people in America recognize the value of persons with disabilities in employment. July of 2009 found the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force at 23, compared to the rate of 71.8 for non disabled persons in America. There is much to be done in relation to people with disabilities where employment is concerned. Awareness of disability issues in relation to employment is crucial.
The mindset of the L’Arche community, in each country they are in, and their goal to employ people with disabilities is one reason why people with disabilities can lead happy and productive lives.
L’Arche Mission Statement:
We are people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need of one another.
The L’Arche mission is to: Make known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.
With all the public and private organizations established to help people with disabilities, becoming employees who are successfully joining the work force and society can be expected. The real question is–can people with disabilities be employed participants of society? Absolutely!