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DisABILITIES Awareness Month

Disabilites Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)  is a national campaign held in October that raises awareness about employment issues for disabled people, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. NDEAM’s roots go 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.” The Presidential Proclamation of 2015 states: “America is at its strongest when we harness the talents and celebrate the distinct gifts of all our people. This October, as we observe the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, let us pay tribute to all who fought for better laws, demanded better treatment, and overcame ignorance and indifference to make our Nation more perfect. In their honor, and for the betterment of generations of Americans to come, let us continue the work of removing obstacles to employment so every American has the chance to develop their skills and make their unique mark on the world we share.” During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts recognizes the indispensable contributions people with disabilities have made and will continue to make in our economy, and we salute their efforts. Employment opportunities and legal rights should be made available to all people, regardless of disability, race, creed, color, national origin or gender.


Famous People with DisABILITIES

Temple Grandin

Animal behavioral scientist Temple Grandin has devoted her career to improving conditions at the large processing plants that slaughter some of the 40 billion pounds of cattle and pigs for human consumption every year in the United States. She is a strong advocate for more humane livestock handling and has designed features within such facilities that help to reduce stress in the animals during their final minutes. Grandin's mission is deeply connected to her autism, and she credits this developmental brain disorder for her success as a scientist. 

 

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo suffered polio during her childhood and, according to some sources, also had spina bifida, which caused dysmetria in her right leg. 

David Beckham

David Beckham

David Beckham, who has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), is a retired professional soccer player. He spent much of his career with the Manchester United team, bolstering that organization's already legendary status in English football. 

John Nash

John Nash, who had schizophrenia, won a Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 for formulating the idea of the Nash equilibrium. He has been celebrated in both a book on his life and an Oscar-winning movie (A Beautiful Mind). 

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg, who has dyslexia, said of her experience "The advantage is that my brain sees and puts information in my head differently, more interestingly than if I saw like everyone else."  

Cher

Cher

Singer and actress, Cher, who has a math learning disability, has been a mainstay of the Hollywood glitterati for more than three decades, and her personal star seems to be waxing still. She is a triple threat with successful records, an Academy Award, and a Grammy Award. 

Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap

Fetty Wap was born Willie Maxwell in the financially strapped city of Paterson, New Jersey. At a young age, he lost the use of his left eye due to congenital glaucoma, a rare condition among newborns. He currently has an ocular prosthesis. 

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Most notable for his role as Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe has lived with a mild case of dyspraxia for his entire life. Dyspraxia is a common neurological disorder that affects motor skill development. 

Dan Akroyd

Daniel Edward Aykroyd a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician, businessman and filmmaker was diagnosed with Tourette's and Asperger's Syndromes as a child. 
 


DisABILITIES Awareness Books @ MiraCosta Library

Succeeding As a Student in the Stem Fields with an Invisible Disability: A College Handbook for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Students with Autism, ADD, Affective Disorders, or Learning Difficulties and Their Families
Asperger's Syndrome - That Explains Everything: Strategies for Education, Life and Just About Everything Else
Non-Visual Landscape: Landscape Planning for People with Vision Problems
A Disability History of the United States
Defying Disability: The Lives and Legacies of Nine Disabled Leaders
Disabled Women and Domestic Violence: Responding to the Experiences of Survivors
Inclusive Physical Activities: International Perspectives
Dyslexia: A Visual Approach
Understanding Dyslexia: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Rights Enabled: The Disability Revolution, from the US, to Germany and Japan, to the United Nations
Disability, Sport and Society: An Introduction
The Question of Access: Disability, Space, Meaning

DisABILITIES Awareness Films @ MiraCosta Library