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Outlook Nebraska, Inc. Celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Workforce Diversity Includes People with Disabilities

OMAHA, NEB. – Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI), a nonprofit organization with the mission of enhancing the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired, will hold a Recognition Event on Friday, October 15 in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The special event, to be held at the CoCo Key Water Resort-Hotel & Convention Center at 72nd & Grover from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., will recognize the accomplishments of ONI employees and the organization.

Congress has designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. Various programs carried out throughout the month also highlight the specific employment barriers that still need to be addressed and removed.

Seventy percent of working-age blind adults are unemployed, a statistic that has changed little over the years. Many want to be part of today’s diverse workforce, but find obstacles to employment.

“It is important to recognize the contributions that people with disabilities can make to our workforce, when given the opportunity to do so,” said Eric Stueckrath, Chief Executive Officer for ONI. “Our blind and visually impaired workers are a highly capable and efficient group of employees who demonstrate daily what people with disabilities can do. They produce needed products, earning competitive pay and benefits, which allow them greater independence and more meaningful and productive lives. With ONI’s overall economic impact of $23 million, their work has a tremendous impact on our local economy as well.”

Tickets for the event are $15 and include appetizers and finger foods with cash bar available. Space is limited; reservations may be made by e-mailing info@outlooknebraska.com or calling Janis at 402-614-3331, extension 10.

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Established in 2000, ONI provides employment and workplace training to the blind and visually impaired in a converting operation that supplies a full line of 100 percent recycled fiber content tissue and towel products to the U.S. Government and other customers. The largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in Nebraska and the only agency of its kind in a seven-state region, ONI (www.outlooknebraska.org">www.outlooknebraska.org) provides additional services for its employees, including activities, education, training and health and wellness programs.