The Department of Energy held its annual special emphasis observance recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month program on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018. This year’s national theme: “America’s Workforce: Empowering All” celebrates the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation’s economy strong, and reaffirms the commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.
In 1988, the United States Congress designated the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month to raise awareness of the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. Disability Employment Awareness Month is a time to educate all DOE employees about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions that DOE employees with disabilities make on a daily basis in support of the DOE mission.
This year, the program included two speakers – Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy (Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor) and John Walsh (Director, Office of Talent Management, U.S. Department of Energy) – who shared a wealth of information as it relates to disability employment, opportunities, DOE activities and initiatives, as well as personal and professional experiences.