National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Disability : General term for a limitation; physical, mental or sensory. A disability is not necessarily a handicap which limits normal life activity. . United States population 5 and over with disability. 49,746,248 .
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According to the 2000 Census,
18.6 million people with disabilities
From the San Antonio Disability Access Office
Don't assume that persons with disabilities do not want to work.
Don't assume that alcoholism and drug abuse are not real disabilities, or that recovering drug abusers are not covered by the ADA.
Do learn where to find and recruit people with disabilities.
Don't ask if a person has a disability during an employment interview.
Don't assume that certain jobs are more suited to persons with disabilities.
Do learn how to communicate with people who have disabilities
Don't assume that the work environment will be unsafe if an employee has a disability.
Do relax and make the applicant feel comfortable.
Do treat an individual with a disability the same way you would treat any applicant or employee -- with dignity and respect.
Don't speculate or try to imagine how you would perform a specific job if you had the applicant's disability.
Do train supervisors on making reasonable accommodations.
Don't assume that a person with a disability can't do a job due to apparent or non-apparent disabilities.
September 17-28, 2004
Paralympic Event: Athletics
*Won a surprise bronze medal in the long jump
Disability: Lost left leg below the knee after falling under a train
Occupation: Created the April Holmes Foundation that helps those with physical and developmental disabilities
Factoid: Appeared in artist, Shaggy’s, music video for Strength of a Woman in 2003