Fairfax County Department of Family Services is proud to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to recognize the essential role people with disabilities play in our nation’s economic success through employment.
This year’s theme is "Advancing Access and Equity." According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 21.3 percent of persons with a disability were employed in 2022, up from 19.1 percent in 2021.
Each October, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proudly introduces a proclamation to celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month. The proclamation by Chairman Jeff McKay recognizes the contributions of workers with disabilities and the county's commitment to help educate the public about disability employment issues. Fairfax County Government values the contributions of all people, including those of individuals with disabilities and celebrates in their accomplishments.
Fairfax County’s Disability Rights and Resources (DRR) unit celebrates NDEAM by hosting an annual Employment Mentoring Day event every October. We partner with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) to educate high school students about employment opportunities and requirements and celebrate the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
Last year during our mentoring day event, Andrew Magill, Fairfax Area-Disability Services Board Member and former John Hudson intern, presented on Internship and Career Experience. Moriah Kitaeff, also a former John Hudson intern, shared about her experience as one of our interns and her subsequent hiring by Fairfax County. Students then enjoyed a fun activity break followed by a career fair and job site tours where they could gain a deeper understanding of different positions and openings. Students enjoyed participating in the activities and DRR received positive feedback from students, teachers and employees.
While disability employment is celebrated in October, it is imperative that advocacy take place year-round to ensure that persons with disabilities are employed at a rate equal to persons without disabilities.
*Statistics obtained from the Department of Labor and the American Community Survey.