To celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is highlighting projects and initiatives funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitative Research (NIDRR) that improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities, including transition-aged youth.
Building on a strong education foundation is the key to launching the future success of young people with disabilities. Thank you for all you are doing to support and encourage individuals with disabilities as they work towards realizing their career and life goals.
Alexa Posny, OSERS Assistant Secretary
"Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities"
“ 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. ”
President, United States of America
White House Proclamation of October 2011 as
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
“ The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was notable because it provided comprehensive services and funding for employment and independent living that truly enabled people with disabilities to work and live in the community as never before. ”
Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Statement on National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Proclamation and Press Releases
Here are some success stories (with more to be added throughout the month of October) of people with disabilities finding successful employment with the assistance of various programs, services and resources offered through the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.
To view more 2011 success stories, please visit the following websites:
http://rsa.ed.gov/commis_corner.cfm - Commissioner's Corner
U.S. Department of Education Disability Employment Awareness Resources
Below are some links to the various programs, services and resources offered through the U.S. Department of Education. These resources assist individuals with disabilities in finding meaningful employment and help to improve student outcomes and better prepare students for college (or other postsecondary education and training) and the workforce.
Additional Federal Disability Employment Awareness Resources
Below are some links to additional federal government resources that can assist individuals with disabilities to find meaningful employment.