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National Disability Employment Awareness Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide

This guide provides the legislative history, proclamations, and laws related to National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October).


R. Michael Jenkins, photographer. [Jesse Jackson shaking hands with disability advocate Justin Dart Jr., who is in a wheelchair, during a hearing of the House Committee on Education and Labor on a bill which became the Americans with Disabilities Act]. 1977. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments in the workplace of men and women with disabilities and reaffirms the commitment to ensuring equal employment opportunities to all citizens.

The Law Library of Congress has prepared material with commentary and recommended resources for selected national observances and commemorative months. This guide provides a brief history of the laws and presidential proclamations which established National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

For more information on National Disability Employment Awareness Month, see the Library of Congress's website regarding National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Additional online resources of interest to those beginning their research in this area include:

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