Presidential proclamations and executive orders have been used by presidents to rule on substantive issues of law; to administrate the executive branch of government; and to make general announcements to the public. These general announcements which exhort the public to observe a holiday such as Thanksgiving or honor a particular group of citizens as in National Disability Employment Awareness Month are usually issued in the form of a presidential proclamation. On many occasions Congress will pass a law specifically requesting the president to take certain action proclaiming the recognition of a particular group of citizens as Jewish or Hispanic Americans.
Listed below are links to examples of presidential proclamations for National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week to National Employ the Handicapped Week to National Disability Employment Awareness Month beginning with 1945, along with the citations to the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) or the Federal Register (Fed. Reg.), the official publications for presidential proclamations.
Presidential proclamations on the annual observances can also be found at American Presidency Project External by selecting the year and clicking on the "Apply" button.
Presidential proclamations as well as presidential statements, messages, and remarks for National Disability Employment Awareness Month can be searched from the Government Publishing Office’s advanced search page in the collections for the Code of Federal Regulations, the Compilation of Presidential Documents, and the Federal Register.