October is National Disability Awareness Month in Crookston

    The Polk County DAC is fortunate enough to have amazing community support as many local employers have supported hiring people with disabilities. These employers are finding excellent, reliable employees with the guarantee of quality. The clients from the Polk County DAC are excited to work and earn money. Not only are they earning money, but through employment they increase their self-confidence and esteem, they contribute to the community and they learn new skills.   

    There are numerous local businesses that employ the clients of the Polk County DAC:   

    • UMC
    • RiverView Health
    • Opticare
    • Rust, Knutson Law Office
    • RBJ’s Restaurant
    • McDonald's
    • Trinity Lutheran Church
    • Evangelical Covenant Church
    • Crookston VFW
    • Crookston Eagles
    • Early Childhood Family Education
    • Fisher Schools
    • Crookston Fire Department   

    Disability Employment Awareness celebration actually began in 1947 to raise awareness about the value of employing people with disabilities.  This year the United States Department of Labor (Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez) announced “Because We are Equal to the Task” as the theme of this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month as this reflects the reality that people with disabilities have the education, training, experience and desire to be successful in the workplace.     

    Ongoing campaigns for disability employment are underway to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities and expand ideas about what can be accomplished with support and encouragement. Many successful businesses recognize that incorporating disability in all diversity and inclusion practices positively impacts their companies’ bottom line.     

    The Polk County DAC recognizes, appreciates and honors those local businesses that support employing people with disabilities.