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Disability Employment Awareness Month

VA proudly joins the Nation in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month throughout October.

Public Law 176, enacted by Congress in 1945, designated the first week in October as "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1988, Congress changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month."

More than 3,789 VA employees (1.93%) have targeted disabilities, many of them veterans. They are an essential part of our workforce and have demonstrated excellence in executive, administrative, managerial, and technical fields. As a Department, we are committed to hiring and promoting persons with disabilities.

Disability Employment Mentoring Day is held in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month; it's patterned after mentoring and job-shadow days associated with Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and the annual Groundhog Job Shadow Day. This observance provides  young people with disabilities an opportunity to gain insight into career options by spending time in the workplace shadowing an employee as s/he experiences a normal day on the job.

White House Executive Order 13163 on Increasing the Opportunity for Adults With Disabilities is available. For more information on VA's National Individuals with Disabilities Employment Program, contact the program manager.

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