October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
As such, I am reminded that we sometimes take our work opportunities for granted. Employment is an endeavor that we spend the majority of our lives pursuing, gives us a means to support ourselves and our families and can provide us with enormous amounts of self-worth and satisfaction.
I am not suggesting that it isn’t without its share of turmoil and effort. But it is something paramount in our life’s pursuits and accomplishments.
Unfortunately, people with disabilities have a significantly harder time obtaining and retaining employment than those without disabilities. National statistics show that only 17 percent of persons with a disability are employed.
This should be something that alarms all of us. Work and work opportunities enable people regardless of a disability to live independently in our community and to provide for themselves and others. Employment goes a long way in assisting our clients towards their goals of independence and community inclusion.
There is good news in all of this. MCDS has partnered with many businesses in our community to provide work opportunities for our clients.
In fact, MCDS has unfilled work opportunities in our Vocational Training Workshop for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) through our partnerships with local businesses.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our business partners who help create opportunities for individuals with I/DD to work both in our vocational training program and in the community at large.
During the month of October we should all endeavor to help create opportunities for our neighbors who are seeking employment, especially individuals with disabilities.