Disabilities and Employment
The theme of the 2013 celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month: “Because We are Equal to the Task” capture the vital role expectations play in our successes as individuals as well as a society.
L’Arche Farm workers with Disabilities
The celebrations across the country during this great month shows everyone, especially those new in recovery, that becoming disabled is not a dead end crisis. The number of people with disabilities and organizations who support them has brought becoming disabled from a crisis to a calling. Becoming disabled is now an opportunity to join forces with public and private groups as well as military personnel who return home with disabilities. People with disabilities compose the world’s largest minority.
Each October, people in America recognize the value of persons with disabilities in employment. July of 2009 found the percentage of people with disabilities in the labor force at 23, compared to the rate of 71.8 for non disabled persons in America. There is much to be done in relation to people with disabilities where employment is concerned. Awareness of disability issues in relation to employment is crucial.The mindset of the L’Arche communituon, in each country they are in, is one reason why people with disabilities can lead happy and productive lives.
PWD sell plants and crafts
L’Arche Mission Statement:
We are people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life in communities.
We belong to an International Federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are in our hearts.
We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need of one another.The L’Arche mission is to: Make known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships.With all the public and private organizations established to help PWD, successfully rejoining the work force and society can be expected.
The real question is–can people with disabilities be employed participants of society? Absolutely! Look around.