U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez partnered with Jack Markell and Dennis Daugaard, governors of Delaware and South Dakota, respectively, to write a column for USA Today.
The column marks the end of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which is “a time for us to celebrate the immeasurable contributions of people with disabilities to our workforce – in technology firms, classrooms, restaurants and all kinds of workplaces.”
This year marks the 70th anniversary of NDEAM, first launched after World War II. While much progress has been made, Perez, Markell and Daugaard argue that we can do more.
“It is unacceptable both morally and pragmatically that so many people with disabilities who have something to offer are relegated to the economic margins, eager and able to work but unable to find work,” they wrote.
“Fortunately, experience tells us that change is possible. States and businesses are proving that employing people with disabilities is not an act of charity or sympathy; it’s enlightened self-interest at its very best. It enriches and diversifies our workforce. It’s good for business and good for taxpayers.”
Read the entire column here.