Pic-Disabled-WorkerIt’s truly sad that only during the month of October, aka National Disability Employment Awareness Month, is attention officially paid to the critical issue of jobs and the disability community. The problem is, after all, huge: The U.S. Department of Labor reports that about eight in 10 working-age Americans with disabilities don’t hold a job, and of those who are actively looking, about 13 percent remain unemployed (compared with 7 percent of the broader work force).

Even if most Americans are back to work after the recession, we are not and the national media doesn’t seem to care. But the federal government is paying some attention — even if just for the month. For example: