Church asked to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, observed throughout October, Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has asked all Episcopalians to remember and honor the invaluable contributions of disabled lay and clergy who have served, and currently serve, within the Episcopal Church. 

The 78th General Convention in 2015 renewed and reaffirmed the Episcopal Church’s commitment to the inclusion and protection of the civil rights of all persons with disabilities through the passage of Resolution D034: Support the Civil Rights of Disabled Persons.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month presents all dioceses and congregations with the opportunity to fully implement Resolution D034 through seeking education from community deaf/hard of hearing and disability organizations on supporting full inclusion of disabled persons in all aspects of public life.

“Renewed commitment calls for renewed action,” Presiding Bishop Curry said.  “This October, let us walk together in the footsteps of Jesus Christ to transform the unjust structures of society and more fully welcome our disabled brothers and sisters living within our congregations and our communities.”

Resolution D034 marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a bill that proscribes discrimination against disabled persons in public accommodation, in communications, and in employment. Resolution D034 also declares the Church’s continuing and unwavering support for the ADA and advocates for total compliance with the spirit and intent of this law.  

For ideas and resources to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month contact Jayce Hafner, Episcopal Church Domestic Policy Analyst, at   jhafner@episcopalchurch.org