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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

As you may or may not be aware, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For many people with disabilities, attaining employment, or even getting fair consideration for a position from a potential employer, is a difficult task. Fortunately, there are federal organizations and multiple resources that people can turn to for help and information.

A great place to go for information is the website for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, which is available through the United States Department of Labor. According to their website, The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering authoritative and credible data on employment of people with disabilities.

In addition to the Office for Disability Employment Policy website, there are recently published books located right here in the Dewey Library with more information:

Haugen, David M. (2008) Rights of the Disabled. New York: Facts on File, 2008
Dewey Library / KF 480 H365 2008

Colker, Ruth. (2009) When is Separate Unequal? a Disability Perspective. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Dewey Library / KF 480 C655 2009

Erkulwater, Jennifer L. (2006) Disability Rights And the American Social Safety Net. New York: Cornell University Press.
Dewey Library / HD 7105.25 U6 E75 2006

Coming Soon to the Dewey Library:
Bagenstos, Samuel R. (2009) Law and the Contradictions of the Disability Rights Movement. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Dewey Library / On Order

If you have any questions or are in need of more information about the employment and/or rights of people with disabilities, please contact Social Welfare Bibliographer Elaine Bergman. She can be reached by email at ebergman@uamail.albany.edu, by telephone at 442-3695, or stop by the Reference Desk.

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