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P.I. joins effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 11:44 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 11:45 a.m. CST

Progress Industries has announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. 

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. 

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “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. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

“Progress Industries is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Dan Skokan, president and CEO. “We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities.” 

This year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.” Progress Industries thanks individuals and employers within the central Iowa communities we serve for the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture.

Progress Industries, established in 1979, is an independent nonprofit organization that provides residential, vocational and day habilitation programs for central Iowans with physical and intellectual disabilities. Progress Industries’ administrative offices are located at 1017 E. Seventh St. St. in Newton and 5518 NW 88th St. in Johnston. Visit www.progressindustries.org for more information.

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