Americans observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation’s economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.


In 1945, the US government pushed to educate the public about issues relating to disabilities and employment. That year Congress enacted Public Law 176, which declared the first week of October, every year, as 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.

Congress later expanded the first week of October to the entire month of October and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month in 1988.


Lighthouse employs nearly 200 adults with disabilities. We are proud of their accomplishments and will continue our mission to provide a safe, educational environment for all who need it.


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