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Treasurer Schmitt encourages Missourians to celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt is encouraging Missourians to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. Throughout the month, Schmitt will be recognizing individuals with Best of Missouri Awards who exemplify the idea that diverse abilities in the workforce help drive innovation.

“Individuals with disabilities make important contributions every single day in workplaces across Missouri,” Schmitt said. “It’s important for us to recognize their achievements and work together toward empowering all Missourians to reach their full potential.”

Earlier this year Schmitt launched MO ABLE, a program that empowers Missourians living with disabilities to save money in tax-free savings accounts without losing eligibility for federal programs like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

“Employment provides an important sense of inclusion for individuals with disabilities,” said Cathy Brown, Vice President of Employment and Community at Easterseals Midwest. “Easterseals is proud to work with Treasurer Schmitt to encourage employers to make more opportunities available to the disability community.”

Schmitt will hold his first Best of Missouri recognition event for Disability Employment Awareness Month this Friday in Kirkwood, Missouri at Tillman Elementary beginning at 10:30 a.m. Additional details will be announced at a later date.