This is a guest post written by HR Accommodations Specialist, Cherelyn Dunlap.
Michigan State University is a leader in cultivating a diverse and inclusive campus environment. During the month of October, we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Held annually, this observance aims to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many contributions of workers with disabilities.
Individuals with disabilities add significant value to the workplace, offering diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success. This year’s theme “The Right Talent, Right Now” interconnects with the university’s core value of inclusiveness. It highlights the unlimited possibilities that occur when barriers are removed for individuals with differing abilities.
What can you do to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month? Strive to make all employees feel like they belong and are valued for their unique characteristics and perspectives. Also, realize that October isn’t the only time we can engage and promote awareness of disability employment issues. We all play an important role in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for their abilities – every day of every month. It is of the utmost importance that the university community is one that is welcoming, recognizing that the talents of all people are a critical part of building an inclusive work culture.
For more information on National Disability Employment Awareness Month please visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s website.