Disability Rights and Resources

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

Disability Rights and Resources, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, VA 22035

Trina Mayhan-Webb,

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month, America's Recovery Powered by Inclusion, graphic map of United States with different people represented

This year’s theme, America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion, reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.  

As of June 2021:

  • 21.3% of people with disabilities participated in the national labor force, whereas persons without disabilities participated at a rate of 67.7%*. 
  • 10.9% of persons with disabilities were unemployed, compared to 5.9% of persons without disabilities.

Approximately 10% of persons with disabilities in Fairfax County have income below the poverty level. 

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.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Proclamation

WHEREAS, October is nationally designated as Disability Employment Awareness Month;

WHEREAS, the national theme of this year's Disability Employment Awareness Month, America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion, reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, we recognize that 10% of Fairfax County residents with disabilities have income below the poverty level; and

WHEREAS, people with disabilities make up 4% of the labor force in Fairfax County; and

WHEREAS, a workplace that is inclusive of people with disabilities is an enriching environment that spurs creativity, ingenuity and productivity for everyone; NOW THEREFORE

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors declare October 2021 as

Disability Employment Awareness Month

in Fairfax County. We recommit to doubling our efforts to promote employment of people with disabilities, including a goal of making Fairfax County government a model employer of people with disabilities.

Jeffrey C. McKay, Chairman
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors 
Friday, October 1, 2021

For media inquiries, contact Department of Family Services' Public Information Officer Amy Carlini by email, office phone 703-324-7758 or mobile phone 571-355-6672.

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