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Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood Joins Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, October 6, 2022– The Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities (LCBDD)/Deepwood today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.”

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness 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. Please click here to read the entire press release.

From the left: Ryan Wagner, Michael Null, Commissioner John Plecnik, Elfie Roman, Julie O’Neil, Katie Debly, Commissioner Mark Tyler, Commissioner John Hamercheck.