Disability Employment Awareness, Global Diversity Awareness and Filipino American History Month
The month of October gives us so much to learn and think about! Here are some helpful articles for learning, awareness and actionable ways to acknowledge and celebrate:
National Disablity Employment Awareness Month
This effort began in 1945 when Congress enacted Public Law 176 and marked the first week in October as National Employ the Physically Handicapped week. The wording was later changed in 1962 to include individuals with all types of disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor has designated this year's theme as "Advancing Access and Equity."
Global Diversity Awareness Month
This effort began with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly after WWII and evolved to what we know today as Global Diversity Awareness Month. According to National Today, the day is "essentially an acknowledgment that we should remember and understand the value of each human being, regardless of their nationality, color, race, sex, gender, country of origin, language or otherwise."
Filipino American History Month
Filipino American History Month was first passed as a proclamation in 1991 and celebrated starting October 1992. Filipino Americans comprise the second largest Asian American group in the U.S. and includes a rich history of participation and contribution to our country dating back to October 18, 1587.
Another notable date to be aware of is National Coming Out Day which is on October 11th. This day was founded in 1988 to mark the anniversary of the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.