King County Council recognizes 2019 Disability Awareness Month
On Oct. 16, 2019, the Metropolitan King County Council proclaimed October as Disability Awareness Month in King County, celebrating the many contributions that people with disabilities make to our community and workforce. The proclamation is a reminder of our continued efforts to break down barriers so that people of all abilities can share their unique abilities, perspectives and talents.
Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
This proclamation is a testament to all the hard work by activists with disabilities and their advocates around the nation. At King County, we celebrate those efforts but know that our work is ongoing and we will continue to advocate, serve and promote our values of inclusion. View the full proclamation here. The announcement can also be seen on the Council’s Twitter and Facebook.
As we prepare to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the passing of the ADA, we are asking for employee volunteers that identify as having a disability and allies to coordinate events next Oct. Please email Christina.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping to plan events/trainings for Disability Awareness month next year.