Goodwill Duluth today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “InclusionWorks.”


The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.


“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.”


Reflecting this year’s theme, throughout the month, Goodwill Duluth will be engaging in a variety of activities to further educate people on disability employment issues and its commitment to an inclusive work culture. These efforts include NDEAM awareness campaigns on social media and guided public tours of Goodwill’s 700 Garfield Ave. location in Duluth. Please contact Goodwill at 218-336-1568 to schedule a tour.


Goodwill Duluth is proud to be a part of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Marcy Vogt Executive Director. “We want to spread the important message that we value the diverse perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities.”


Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting

Goodwill Industries of Duluth serves 15 cities and 29 counties throughout the greater Minnesota and Wisconsin area. Goodwill’s mission is to provide employment and employment services to people with disabilities or other barriers to employment. Last fiscal year, Goodwill Industries Duluth employed 295 individuals through its programs.