Nonprofit celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month
North Georgia — During the month of October, Goodwill of North Georgia is proud to stand with the U.S. Department of Labor to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This national campaign raises awareness about the contributions people with disabilities make in America’s workforce, and it encourages companies and organizations to build business cultures that value diversity, respect and employment opportunities for all.
NDEAM’s roots trace back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
For nearly 90 years, Goodwill of North Georgia has helped individuals navigate challenges to finding employment, and the organization is proud to have helped tens of thousands of North Georgians find and keep good jobs. These are people like Don Curtis Brumley, a part-time food services employee at Toccoa Falls College. Brumley’s cognitive disability made it difficult to remain focused in a work setting.
Through Goodwill’s Supported Employment program, Brumley has a job coach and employment specialist who help himnavigate workplace challenges and develophis abilities on the job. Goodwill and the college’s food services department work togetherto make sure individuals with disabilities like Brumley have the opportunity to find meaningful work and support their community. See how Don has become a key member of the college’s food services team.
Brumley’s story embodies this year’s NDEAM theme, "Expect. Employ. Empower." These words are familiar to everyone at Goodwill, which works with people to develop their employment skills and find good jobs.
“Millions of Americans with disabilities make important contributions to the workplace every day,” said Elaine Armstrong, director of public relations. “At Goodwill, we encourage all local businesses to join us in a commitment to employ and empower people with disabilities.”
Last year, Goodwill of North helped more than 14,600 people earn employment.