It’s Disability Employment Awareness Month

Loudoun is celebrating October as Disability Employment Awareness Month after county supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution Oct. 19.

“All of you are in a position, or have a responsibility, to help people with disabilities get to work,” said advocate and Loudoun ENDependence outreach coordinator Tracee Garner. “It’s not just one person’s issue. It’s all of our issue to ensure that everybody can be gainfully employed and use all of our skills.”

Groups serving people with disabilities—such as Loudoun ENDependence, the Arc of Loudoun, and the Disability Services Board—and their clients gathered in the boardroom to accept the ceremonial resolution.

According to the resolution, an estimated 179,000 people with disabilities are employed in Virginia, and one in five Virginians will have a disability at some point in their lifetimes. In 2017, the Code of Virginia was amended to establish goal for executive agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities by 5 percent by 2023.

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