The disability population is considered the largest minority group in the country. Even with such a large population, we are still trying to provide equal access to buildings, programs, and employment.
Throughout the month of October, our nation acknowledges and promotes awareness on employment issues for individuals with disabilities. Businesses, schools and other organizations are encouraged to support disability employment awareness.
My job at the Space and Naval Warfare Command (SPAWAR) hosts diversity days each year where minority groups talk about their heritage and culture. This year, a speaker from the Commission for the Blind shared information and demonstrated assistive technology for people with visual disabilities.
After the presentation, I played in a wheelchair tennis exhibition game with employees from SPAWAR. Several people had the opportunity to learn how to play tennis from a wheelchair. I am glad that employers are taking the time to educate their staff on topics related to disability employment.