National Disability Employment Awareness Month

by David Cox, President & CEO

As Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month this October, we call on employers to consider hiring people with disabilities and to adopt inclusive policies and practices in the workplace.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that just over 21 percent of Americans with disabilities participate in the labor force. That compares with nearly 69 percent of workers in the general population.

Goodwill wants to ensure that all Americans who want to work can work, and that they have access to services that enable them to do so.

Last year alone, local Goodwill organizations across North America placed more than 288,000 people with disabilities into employment. Goodwill organizations can also provide support services like rehabilitation programs for people with injuries or illnesses, occupational skills training, and job readiness and soft skills training.

Locally, in 2018 alone, Goodwill Fort Worth touched the lives of 10,372 people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. If someone you know needs assistance in finding a job or moving up the career ladder, we can help. Contact us today at www.goodwillfortworth.org or 817.332.7866.