Nat'l Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The official NDEAM theme for 2013 is "Because We Are Equal To The Task: What Can YOU Do?" Organizers stress October is the perfect time to embrace the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace and promote the right to equal employment opportunity for everyone.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people with disabilities remain one of America's greatest untapped labor resources with nearly 70% of the population without jobs.

Newschannel 6 talked with Robin Jacobson and J.C. Smith from Work Service Corporation (WSC) Thursday during Newschannel 6 at Noon to learn what the local organization is doing in an effort to help push and promote training and employment for workers with disabilities. According to Jacobson, WCS has more than 600 employees with disabilities working in the Wichita Falls area. In fact, all the paper clips used by the federal government are made at a factory in the Falls by people with disabilities.

The Work Service Corporation has provided vocational training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities since 1964.

WSC encourages everyone to stop by the corporate office at 3401 Armory Road on Friday, October 25 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a tour of the facilities, including the paperclip plant. Call (940) 766-3207 for more information.