Disabilities Awareness Month

Disabilities Awareness Month is recognized in October by Ozark Independent Living (O.I.L), coinciding with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The purpose of both, according to O.I.L., is to recognize that a disability doesn’t define an individual and to educate the public about disability-related employment issues and “celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.” “Ozark Independent Living is proud to celebrate Disability Awareness Month,” O.I.L. Marketing Specialist Terry Hampton said. “One of O.I.L.’s core services is to advocate for individuals with disabilities and for the independent living movement,” she added. “Pursuant to that, we want to help spread the important message that the perspective of individuals with disabilities must be valued and respected. Inclusion in the community at all levels, including the workforce, is a big win for everyone.” Disability services employees and county and city officials gathered to mark the occasion and sign proclamations recognizing the need for disability awareness. Front row, from left: Vocational Rehabilitation billing specialist Ruth Farrow, counselor Erin Honeyfield, administrative assistant Danna Clay and district supervisor Robin Thomas, Howell County Presiding Commissioner Mark Collins, O.I.L. Director Cindy Moore, Mayor Jack Pahlmann, O.I.L. board member Eryn Walters, Ozark Action Head Start representative Reta House and O.I.L. board member Jane Kramer.      

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