October 01, 2020

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2020 – The American Bar Association joins the country this October in observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year marks the nation’s 75th observance of NDEAM and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This month provides us with an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and to educate others about the value of a diverse workforce.

This year’s theme, “Increasing Access and Opportunity,” emphasizes the importance of expanding the role that people with disabilities play in America's economic success and ensuring that workplaces continue to include and accommodate their needs through technology, best practices and awareness.

One of the ABA’s core goals is to eliminate bias and enhance diversity. The legal profession benefits from the skills, talents and perspectives of persons with a wide range of abilities, yet lawyers with disabilities are often overlooked when bias, diversity and inclusion are discussed. The profession must reflect the clients we serve and that includes persons with disabilities. All lawyers, law schools, judiciaries and legal employers must do everything possible to make the profession accessible, inclusive and welcoming and to make disability diversity and inclusion a priority.

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