Proclamation - Disability Employment Awareness Month
Texas continues to look toward the future with optimism, recognizing that the economic successes significantly depend on our having a skilled, motivated workforce. As we look ahead, it is especially important that individuals with disabilities have every opportunity to participate and excel in the workforce. To this end, private and public sector employers continue to make significant strides.
During the last fiscal year, as a result of assistance from the Texas Workforce Commission, 5,273 people who self-identified as having a disability were successful in their search for employment. Texans with disabilities are further able to independently apply for jobs with the help of WorkInTexas.com, an accessible Internet site designed to facilitate awareness about employment opportunities.
As part of the comprehensive reorganization of health and human services programs in 2003, the state also created the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to offer more accessible coordinated access to services. During the last fiscal year, DARS assisted 15,938 Texans with disabilities in gaining employment.
At the federal level, the Job Accommodation Network is a service that facilitates the employment and retention of workers with disabilities through job accommodations. Ranking fourth nationwide, Texas employers sought the assistance of the network through 1,530 inquiries.
Highlighting the achievements that have been realized in this area, Bryan - College Station artist, Chace George, is featured on the 2005 Texas poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. George's talent for sketching real-life animals using pencil and charcoal is vividly apparent in his work which can be seen at: http://www.governor.state.tx.us/disabilities
To highlight the importance of equal employment opportunities for Texans with disabilities, and to recognize the many achievements of the individuals dedicated to this cause, October has been designated for an awareness campaign. The theme of this campaign "Workers with Disabilities: Ready for Tomorrows Jobs Today," will reinforce the strength that diversity brings to the workforce, the powerful contributions of individuals with disabilities, and the expertise that many Texans with disabilities possess. At this time, therefore, I encourage all Texans to recognize the employment potential of Texans with disabilities and to work to ensure their accessibility to today's workforce. Together, we can continue to make a difference for the future.
Therefore, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim October 2005, Disability Employment Awareness Month in Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition whereof.
In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this 1st day of October, 2005.
Governor of Texas
Secretary of State