Governor Proclaims Disability Employment Awareness Month

By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From 13 News, Posted by Ralph Hipp

TOPEKA -- Governor Brownback has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“Kansas workers with physical or mental challenges play an important role in our state’s economy. I ask Kansans to take time this month to recognize and celebrate their talents and their impact on our great state,” Governor Brownback said. “A disability does not prevent someone from working. Work builds self-esteem and provides financial security. Please consider hiring a qualified person with a disability.”

Employers have many resources for help providing accommodations. Tax credits at both the state and federal levels are available to offset the expenses. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is available with free information on accommodations thousands of other employers have provided, including the cost and where to purchase a product or service if it was provided. The Kansas Commission on Disability Concerns can provide more information at http://kcdcinfo.com/.

The Governor also encouraged Kansas businesses to participate in Disability Mentoring Day (DMD)on October 19th. You can learn more about DMD and how to get involved at http://www.disabilitymentor.net/.


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