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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:101818
Long Beach Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Public Invited to Disability Employment Awareness Month Event on October 27
Heather Blackmun
Citywide Accessibility Coordinator
Office of the City Manager

The City of Long Beach is proud to participate again this year in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of NDEAM is to educate about disability employment concerns and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s national theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”

“Long Beach is proud to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We are committed to empowering and improving the lives of the disability community.”

Long Beach’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD) has coordinated a signature event this month, and the public is invited to attend. On Saturday, October 27, 2018, a public celebration to commemorate Disability Employment Awareness Month will be held at Michelle Obama Library, located at 5870 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90805, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Councilmember Rex Richardson will be the guest speaker during the 30-minute program. In addition to celebrating “America’s Workforce: Empowering All,” the event will also explore “All Means All” and will include a resource fair specific to the disability community.

As part of the festivities, earlier this month on October 11, 2018, City Hall participated in Disability Mentoring Day. Disability Mentoring Day is a national event coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities that promotes career development for students with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on career exploration. Disability Mentoring Day is designed to bring students with disabilities into the workplace where they can learn firsthand about career opportunities and experience a half-day in a professional work environment. This year, 31 mentees were placed in various departments to experience the different ways the City team serves the public.

“Historically, the disability community is the most unemployed population nationwide,” said Heather Blackmun, Citywide ADA Coordinator. “The U.S. Department of Labor has a long-standing commitment through NDEAM to celebrate and educate on what is an untapped and extremely valuable labor pool. The Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Disabilities’ mission is not only to highlight NDEAM but to focus attention on the resources and tools available locally to help all of us find meaningful employment.”

The history of NDEAM 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.

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages, during October and throughout the year, by visiting

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About the Americans with Disabilities Act Division

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 provides a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities, and to bring persons with disabilities into the economic and social mainstream of American life. The City of Long Beach is committed to complying with both the intent and the spirit of the ADA. The City of Long Beach does not discriminate on the basis of disability in employment or in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. A Citywide ADA Coordinator has been designated to coordinate and carry out the City’s compliance with nondiscrimination requirements of Title II of the ADA. For more information, please visit

About the Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD)

CACoD consists of community members from the City of Long Beach and representatives from public and private agencies, which provide services to the disability community within the City. CACoD’s purpose is to advise the Mayor, City Council and City Manager on concerns affecting the disability community. For more information, please visit