National Self Employment Event

National Disability awareness month.

Nebraska Self-Employment Services (NSES) 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 on disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

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.

Reflecting this year's theme, “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task,” NSES will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate Nebraskans and showcase entrepreneurs with disabilities who have successfully launched their own businesses.

On Tuesday, October 8th from 11:30 pm to 1:00 p.m. at Metropolitan Community College-South Omaha Campus (27th & Q) in the Connector Building, NSES will facilitate a networking event to promote business owners affiliated with Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation and Nebraska Self Employment Services at the yearly Main Street MCC. Main Street MCC from 10 am to 2 pm features displays representing Nebraska entrepreneurs whose success has demonstrated the vast economic potential of full inclusion of people with disabilities. The Networking on Main Street business-networking event is free and open to the surrounding business community. Networking participants will be provided with a free lunch; however, reservations MUST be made by contacting the NSES office to participate.

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