Posted on October 20, 2020 by Lilia Cabello Drain on KC Employees blog
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law in 1990 by former U.S. President George H. W. Bush. Every October we celebrate the many contributions that people with disabilities make to our community and workforce here at King County.
To honor these contributions, on Oct. 13, 2020, the King County Council officially proclaimed October 2020 as Disability Awareness Month.
In a meeting held virtually to allow for safety and social distancing measures, the King County Council welcomed King County councilmembers and members of the public to join in the official proclamation of Disability Awareness Month. This recognizes the continued efforts to break down barriers so that people of all abilities can share their unique abilities, perspectives and talents. The meeting and proclamation can be viewed here on Facebook.
“Disability Awareness Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities, recognize the many barriers that still exist, and recommit ourselves to breaking down those barriers to make our community more inclusive. All of us have varying degrees of ability, and these can change dramatically throughout our lives. We all benefit when we include and learn from people of every level and kind of ability,” said King County Council Chair Claudia Balducci.
“I’m proud of the way our King County Disability Services and Supported Employment programs help King County employees with disabilities contribute to the success of our government and thus help us all to thrive. Everyone deserves to be able to contribute their unique abilities and talents and the opportunity to fully participate in the life of King County.”
King County celebrates these efforts and continues working to provide everyone equal access to employment, transportation, housing, education, health care, recreation, and community life. This proclamation recognizes the hard work by activists with disabilities and their advocates to break down barriers so that people of all abilities can share their unique abilities, perspectives and talents.
View the official proclamation here, and in the image above.
To get involved in recognizing and celebrating Disability Awareness Month next year, please contact Christina Davidson at Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org.