October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

October marks the 76th annual observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which is themed as “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” Minnesota’s economy and its competitiveness require the contributions of all people, including those with disabilities.

In honor of this national celebration, Governor Tim Walz has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Minnesota, recognizing that individuals with disabilities are valuable and productive contributors to our economy and taxpayers in the workforce.

JFCS’ Vocational Rehabilitation program provides personalized services to individuals with disabilities who are seeking to improve their work lives or find employment. The program offers vocational evaluation, job placement, work adjustment training and extended employment services. The program is accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.  

More than half a million, or approximately 11%, of Minnesotans report having one or more disabilities, and the unemployment rate of this group is more than double that of people without disabilities. 

“All too often, employers overlook job-seekers who come with disabilities – not recognizing that they bring with them unique abilities that strengthen our businesses,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “Our job at DEED is to help businesses tap into the extraordinary problem-solving, loyalty, and talents that more than half a million Minnesotans with disabilities bring to the workforce – and this month gives us an opportunity to highlight that.”  

Click here for more information on JFCS’ Vocational Rehabilitation program.