Health Fair celebrates Disability Awareness Month October 29
2009-10-12 · By Editor
Residents are invited to join the Citizens Advisory Commission on Disabilities (CACoD) in a celebration recognizing October as Disability Awareness Month on Thursday, October 29, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Long Beach Convention Center.
CACoD and the City of Long Beach are hosting the celebration, which will feature health screenings, financial advice and information from agencies that work with people with disabilities, including: DOR, Easter Seals, Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Administration, Disability Rights California, IRS, Harbor Regional Center, Disabled Resources Center, Long Beach Mental Health and many more.
St. Mary Medical Center and Community Hospital of Long Beach will provide health screenings.
The IRS will give a special presentation on Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax benefits related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that are specifically geared toward people with disabilities and the elderly.
There will also be a special performance by AbilityFirst. This event is open to the public and parking is free. For more information, call 562.570.6803.
Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Various programs carried out throughout the month highlight the barriers that still need to be addressed and removed.
This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 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.”
The City of Long Beach intends to provide reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If a special accommodation is desired, please call Crystal King at 562.570.6803.