Letters to the Editor

Important mission

Since 1945, a broad coalition of businesses, organizations and government agencies has stood to support an important mission: employ Americans with disabilities. With the unemployment rate for those with disabilities nearly double that of people without disabilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this mission is more important than ever.

Throughout October, Goodwill Fort Worth is proud to work with the U.S. Department of Labor to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This campaign raises awareness about the contributions people with disabilities make in America’s workforce and encourages companies to build business cultures that value diversity, respect and employment opportunities for all.

Millions of Americans with disabilities make important contributions to our workplaces, and during October we encourage local employers to look at their hiring practices to ensure they are doing everything possible to recruit and meet the needs of such employees. Making a commitment to employ people with disabilities not only empowers this often-overlooked population, but — as many employers I have worked with will gladly tell you — the commitment will help companies build diversity and find dedicated, passionate and impactful employees.

— David Cox, President & CEO,

Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth