NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH, 2011

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Utilizing the talents of all Americans is essential for our Nation to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.  During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we recognize the skills that people with disabilities bring to our workforce, and we rededicate ourselves to improving employment opportunities in both the public and private sectors for those living with disabilities.

More than 20 years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with disabilities, including injured veterans, are making immeasurable contributions to workplaces across our country.  Unfortunately, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains too high — nearly double the rate of people without disabilities — and reversing this trend is crucial.

To win the future, we must harness the power of our Nation’s richest resource — our people.  Americans with disabilities, like all Americans, are entitled to not only full participation in our society, but also full opportunity in our society.  Their talents and contributions are vital to the strength of our Nation’s workforce and our future prosperity.  Together, we can ensure persons living with disabilities have equal access to employment, and to inclusive, supportive workplaces.

For the complete proclamation, please visit the White House press release.

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