Help Us Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month
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The Arc of New Jersey takes time each October to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a series that highlights individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities working in the community.

Did you know?
The majority of adults with I/DD are either unemployed or underemployed, despite their ability, desire, and willingness to work in the community.

If you, or a loved one with I/DD is interested in employment, contact Project HIRE to learn more about supported employment.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s announced this year’s official National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme will be “America’s Workforce: Empowering All." Observed each October, NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities throughout American history, and emphasizes the importance of ensuring that all Americans have access to the services and supports to enable them to work. NDEAM began in 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. Then, in 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM.
Meet Becky Brady!
Becky Brady works at Panera in Succasunna, New Jersey. As a fifteen-year employee of the organization, Becky enjoys her work and is happy at her job. Becky is a cashier and her responsibilities include helping customers with their orders, processing money transactions, bagging pastries and stocking supplies around the register. Prior to Panera, Becky was employed at ShopRite and McDonalds. "I enjoy working with the people I work with especially the managers, and [I] enjoy seeing our regular customers every day," Becky says. In addition to interacting with her colleagues and the customers, Becky is also fond of the benefits that come from employment. "I love the paychecks which pay for my vacations, [the] Panera Perks, discounts, good food and they recognize their employees and celebrates their anniversaries and birthdays," Becky says. She believes other people with disabilities should consider employment because, "I feel that it will help them mature and grow with a sense of accomplishment." For Becky, "working has given me a sense of independence and has enhanced the amount of friendships that I have made."
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