chevron-down Created with Sketch Beta.
September 30, 2022

Statement of ABA President Deborah Enix-Ross Re: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2022 – The American Bar Association joins our nation this October to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month, when we celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and showcase supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices.

This year’s theme, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” emphasizes the importance and value that people with disabilities bring to our workforce. Having diverse employees brings perspective and viewpoints that might otherwise be overlooked. People with disabilities are an important part of the diversity equation.

One of the four core goals of the ABA is eliminating bias and enhancing diversity. Lawyers with disabilities assist law firms to better reflect the clients they serve. The legal profession must continue to work to become more accessible, more inclusive and more welcoming and to make disability inclusion a priority.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.