File #: Res 0587-2004    Version: * Name: National Disability Employment Awareness Month, October
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Committee: Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services
On agenda: 9/28/2004
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution declaring the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in New York City
Sponsors: Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., Maria Baez, Tracy L. Boyland, Yvette D. Clarke, Leroy G. Comrie, Jr., Lewis A. Fidler, James F. Gennaro, Sara M. Gonzalez, Robert Jackson, Letitia James, Melinda R. Katz, Michael E. McMahon, Michael C. Nelson, Christine C. Quinn, Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., Philip Reed, James Sanders, Jr., Helen Sears, Jose M. Serrano, David I. Weprin, Kendall Stewart, Vincent J. Gentile, Annabel Palma, Margarita Lopez
Council Member Sponsors: 24
Attachments: 1. Committee Report, 2. Hearing Transcript, 3. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10/13/04

Res. No. 587


Resolution declaring the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in New York City 


By Council Members Addabbo, Baez, Boyland, Clarke, Comrie, Fidler, Gennaro, Gonzalez, Jackson, James, Katz, McMahon, Nelson, Quinn, Recchia, Reed, Sanders, Sears, Serrano, Weprin, Stewart, Gentile, Palma and Lopez


                     Whereas, By a joint resolution approved August 11, 1945, every year, since 1945, the United States Congress has called upon the nation to recognize the contributions that workers with disabilities have made and has requested that the President issue a proclamation calling for the appropriate ceremonies and activities; and

Whereas, During the month of October, the nation observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month in order to recognize the talents, skills and dedication of disabled Americans who are a vital part of our workforce; and 

Whereas, According to the United States Census Bureau, there are approximately 50 million disabled persons living in America, of which approximately 3.6 million and 1.8 million reside in New York State and New York City, respectively; and

Whereas, For Americans with disabilities, employment is vital to their sense of independence, empowerment and quality of life; and

Whereas, During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Americans reaffirm their commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities who want to work can receive the training and services they need in order to achieve their professional goals; and

Whereas, On September 23, 2004, United States Secretary of Labor, Elaine L. Chao, issued a press release stating that she has selected “You’re Hired! Success Knows No Limitations!” as the theme of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month; and

Whereas, The “You’re Hired! Success Knows No Limitations!” theme is an indication to people with disabilities, especially the millions of young students throughout the nation who are studying for a profession, that America is truly committed to ensuring that they be fully included in the 21st Century workforce; and 

Whereas, This year marks the 14th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, an act that has allowed disabled persons to participate more fully in our society by removing barriers, improving employment opportunities, expanding government services and regulating public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications services; and

Whereas, Despite the progress that has been made over the past 14 years, many people with disabilities still face obstacles while pursuing an education, seeking employment or finding a place of residence; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York declares the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in New York City.