Fall 2014 Newsletter
Western Recognizes Disability History Month
October is Disability History Month in Washington State. Its recognition is intended by the State Legislature to “increase awareness and understanding of the contributions that people with disabilities in our state, nation, and the world have made to our society,” and to “increase respect and promote acceptance and inclusion of people with disabilities.”
It is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), intended to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many contributions of workers with disabilities. The Department of Labor’s Campaign for Disability Employment provides may resources for employers about hiring and creating inclusive work environments for people with disabilities, including videos, fact sheets, tips about the importance of using language that puts people first, and a list of online job boards geared toward job seekers with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities.
Equitable and inclusive treatment of Western’s staff, faculty and students with disabilities is a fundamental part of our commitment to equal opportunity for all members of the university community. We encourage you to join in recognizing Disability History Month by looking at the links above, and through discussions in your programs and classes.