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Marsha, Disability Management Coordinator

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  This year’s theme is “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities.”  In 1989, President George H. W. Bush and Congress passed the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was amended by President George W. Bush in 2008.  It was reported that some 43,000,000 Americans have one or more physical or mental disabilities, and this number is ever increasing as our population ages. Historically, society has tended to isolate and segregate individuals with disabilities. Discrimination against individuals with disabilities persists in areas of employment, housing, education, public accommodations, transportation, communication and public services.

The goal of the ADA was to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency when living with disabilities.

The contributions of those with disabilities are historic.  For example think about Thomas Edison.  At age 12, he lost most of his ability to hear. By the age of 84, he had acquired 1093 patents and invented the phonograph! Think about the accomplishments of Ray Charles, a 12 time Grammy award recipient who became blind at age 6, Alexander Graham Bell who was working on developing a hearing device for his wife when he invented the telephone, think about the wonders of Helen Keller, Franklin Roosevelt and the multitude of artists, scientists, and academics that have so greatly contributed to our society. We applaud the enormity of these contributions to the world.   For additional information regarding the American’s with Disabilities Act please go to Information from the US Library of Congress can also be found at

Here at UCR every month is Disability Awareness Month!  It has been one of the greatest gifts of my career to work at this institution which demands equal treatment for all “individuals with a disability”!  As the Disability Management Coordinator for Faculty and Staff I have been empowered by individuals at all levels who endure so much to work and teach. I have worked in the Disability Management arena for over 30 years and nowhere have I found individuals so dedicated to making the world around them a better place. I am a better person for working at UCR!

Marsha Marion, CRC, CCM
Disability Management Coordinator

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