National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2009, 51223-51224 [E9-24201]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / Presidential Documents 51223 Presidential Documents Proclamation 8426 of September 30, 2009 National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 2009 By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation Fair access to employment is a fundamental right of every American, including the 54 million people in this country living with disabilities. A job can provide financial stability, help maximize our potential, and allow us to achieve our dreams. As Americans, we possess a range of vocational opportunities to make the most of our talents and succeed in a chosen career; those with disabilities are entitled to the same opportunities. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we recommit ourselves to implementing effective policies and practices that increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. In the past half-century, we have made great strides toward providing equal employment opportunities in America, but much work remains to be done. As part of that continuing effort, we must seek to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Only then can Americans with disabilities achieve full participation in the workforce and reach the height of their ambition. My Administration is committed to promoting positive change for every American, including those with disabilities. The Federal Government and its contractors can lead the way by implementing effective employment policies and practices that increase opportunities and help workers achieve their full potential. Across this country, millions of people with disabilities are working or want to work. We must ensure they have access to the support and services they need to succeed. CPrice-Sewell on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with RULES5 Recognizing the need for equal employment opportunities, we must also strengthen and expand the educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act substantially increased funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and provided more than $500 million for vocational rehabilitation services, including job training, education, and placement. If we are to build a world free from unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination, we must ensure that every American receives an education that prepares him or her for future success. Each day, Americans with disabilities play a critical role in forging and shaping the identity of our Nation. Their contributions touch us all through personal experience or through that of a family member, neighbor, friend, or colleague. We grow stronger as a Nation when Americans feel the dignity conferred by having the ability to support themselves and their families through productive work. This month, we rededicate ourselves to fostering an inclusive work culture that welcomes the skills and talents of all qualified employees. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2009, as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I call on all Americans to celebrate the contributions of individuals with disabilities to our workplaces and communities, and to promote the employment of individuals VerDate Nov<24>2008 07:46 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 221001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06OCD1.SGM 06OCD1 51224 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / Presidential Documents with disabilities to create a better, more inclusive America, one in which every person is rightly recognized for his or her abilities and accomplishments. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth. [FR Doc. E9–24201 Filed 10–5–09; 8:45 am] VerDate Nov<24>2008 07:46 Oct 05, 2009 Jkt 221001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4790 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\06OCD1.SGM 06OCD1 OB#1.EPS</GPH> CPrice-Sewell on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with RULES5 Billing code 3195–W9–P

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 192 (Tuesday, October 6, 2009)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 51223-51224]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-24201]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 6, 2009 / 
Presidential Documents

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                Proclamation 8426 of September 30, 2009

                
National Disability Employment Awareness Month, 
                2009

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                Fair access to employment is a fundamental right of 
                every American, including the 54 million people in this 
                country living with disabilities. A job can provide 
                financial stability, help maximize our potential, and 
                allow us to achieve our dreams. As Americans, we 
                possess a range of vocational opportunities to make the 
                most of our talents and succeed in a chosen career; 
                those with disabilities are entitled to the same 
                opportunities. During National Disability Employment 
                Awareness Month, we recommit ourselves to implementing 
                effective policies and practices that increase 
                employment opportunities for individuals with 
                disabilities.

                In the past half-century, we have made great strides 
                toward providing equal employment opportunities in 
                America, but much work remains to be done. As part of 
                that continuing effort, we must seek to provide 
                opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Only 
                then can Americans with disabilities achieve full 
                participation in the workforce and reach the height of 
                their ambition.

                My Administration is committed to promoting positive 
                change for every American, including those with 
                disabilities. The Federal Government and its 
                contractors can lead the way by implementing effective 
                employment policies and practices that increase 
                opportunities and help workers achieve their full 
                potential. Across this country, millions of people with 
                disabilities are working or want to work. We must 
                ensure they have access to the support and services 
                they need to succeed.

                Recognizing the need for equal employment 
                opportunities, we must also strengthen and expand the 
                educational opportunities for individuals with 
                disabilities. The American Recovery and Reinvestment 
                Act substantially increased funding for the Individuals 
                with Disabilities Education Act, and provided more than 
                $500 million for vocational rehabilitation services, 
                including job training, education, and placement. If we 
                are to build a world free from unnecessary barriers, 
                stereotypes, and discrimination, we must ensure that 
                every American receives an education that prepares him 
                or her for future success.

                Each day, Americans with disabilities play a critical 
                role in forging and shaping the identity of our Nation. 
                Their contributions touch us all through personal 
                experience or through that of a family member, 
                neighbor, friend, or colleague. We grow stronger as a 
                Nation when Americans feel the dignity conferred by 
                having the ability to support themselves and their 
                families through productive work. This month, we 
                rededicate ourselves to fostering an inclusive work 
                culture that welcomes the skills and talents of all 
                qualified employees.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim October 2009, as 
                National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I call 
                on all Americans to celebrate the contributions of 
                individuals with disabilities to our workplaces and 
                communities, and to promote the employment of 
                individuals

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                with disabilities to create a better, more inclusive 
                America, one in which every person is rightly 
                recognized for his or her abilities and 
                accomplishments.

                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. E9-24201
Filed 10-5-09; 8:45 am]
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