Published on September 30th, 2021 | by University Communications


Learn about employment and disability issues during October

During October, the U.S. Department of Labor urges Americans to honor the contributions that individuals with disabilities make to the workforce and economy, and to become cognizant of employment issues that confront people with disabilities throughout the year. The Office of Disability Employment Policy within the federal Department of Labor has adopted the theme “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion” for this year’s awareness campaign. The policy office wishes to convey the importance of ensuring that employment opportunities are accessible to all as the nation’s economy rebuilds from the downturn caused by COVID-19.  

There are multiple resources on this topic that the Office of Accessibility Services and Daniel A. Cannon Memorial Library are making available to students, faculty, and staff to expand knowledge of the issues. One is a free poster (shown in the image) that can be displayed in classrooms and meeting spaces, and that can be downloaded here.   

The Cannon Memorial Library has also developed a library guide with an extensive list of books, videos, and other resources.

And for an a university-wide event, all interested students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to read the recently published nonfiction work Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist by Judy Heumann and Kristen Joiner. Judy Heumann, now age 73, is a widely recognized advocate with a career that began well before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She is a wheelchair user who contracted polio as a young child.    

An online discussion about the memoir will be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 7 p.m.  Everyone interested can stay connected in the meantime by joining a dedicated  Lions Share group. On November, readers will use the following Zoom link to join discussion and can expect that Saint Leo authentication will be required: 

Please note the required meeting ID is: 963 1741 4680.

For more information, contact Maria Santos at or Christine Woods at .



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