Join Us in Observing National disAbility Employment Awareness Month

Mark D. Boughton, Mayor
City of Danbury Commission for Persons with disAbilities
John Gentile, Chairman 

October 25, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

For more information contact: Annie Dance, Commission for Persons with disAbilities Secretary,  

City of Danbury Commission for Persons with disAbilities joins broad effort to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month
 
Danbury, Connecticut - John Gentile, Chairman of the City of Danbury’s Commission for Persons with disAbilities, today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disAbilities.
 
"The Commission for Persons with disAbilities is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disAbilities," said John Gentile, Chairman.

This year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task." 
 
"Danbury has always drawn its strength from the differences of our people, from a vast range of experience and ability. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we nurture our culture of diversity and renew our commitment to build a strong workforce that offers inclusion and opportunity for all. The quality of life in Danbury is high, and we have a very low unemployment rate", said Mayor Mark Boughton.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disAbilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/.

About the City of Danbury Commission for Persons with disAbilities 
Commission for Persons with disAbilities members: John Gentile, Chairman, Annie Dance, Secretary, Rose Marie BouclierPaul KachevskyJoanne LaPorta, Bill LewisJohn NeumullerBobby Perez, Frank ReedFrances Ryan, and Chad Sinanian.
We work to put the "A" in ablilty - the Commission has many goals including focusing on the Abilities of those with disAbilties. The Commission was established to advise the Mayor and the Common Council of the needs of persons with disAbilities within the community with relation to housing, economics, employment, transportation, health, recreation and other matters. Meetings are held at City Hall, on the 3rd floor, at 6:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month. There are no meetings held in July and August.
 
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City of Danbury Code of Ordinances
Sec. 2-56.13. Commission for persons with disabilities--Created, purpose.
(a) There is hereby created and established a commission to be known as the Danbury Commission for Persons with Disabilities. The commission shall at its primary purpose advise the mayor and the common council of the needs of people with disabilities within the community with relation to housing, employment, transportation, economics, health, recreation and other relevant matters. The commission shall, in addition, recommend to the mayor and the common council ways in which programs and services offered by the City of Danbury may be made more accessible to people with disabilities and in which obstacles hindering employment and enjoyment of programs and services may be eliminated.
(b) The commission shall also serve as a compliance committee for the purposes of hearing grievances and complaints brought by persons pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act. The committee shall hold hearings and render decisions regarding participation in and access to public facilities, services, activities and functions by persons with disabilities in accordance with such procedures and regulations as may be established pursuant to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
(Ord. No. 291, 12-7-82; Ord. No. 387, 4-3-90; Ord. No. 518, 10-1-96) Cross references: Commission on equal rights and opportunities,§ 2-54; handicapped parking,§ 19-35.
 
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