The Hill Report: Week of October 15 - October 19, 2018
This month, I ask you to join me in recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Often times, capable individuals with disabilities who want to work still face many obstacles when looking to join or re-join the workforce. For example, while about 40 percent of Social Security Disability Insurance beneficiaries say that they are interested in working, studies show that the share who succeed in returning to work is much lower.
I have seen firsthand the difficulties a disabled person may face when looking for a job. My son, Alex, is a hardworking and fun-loving young man who also has Down Syndrome. As a father, I was worried that Alex may not find an employer and work place interested in taking advantage of the many wonderful qualities and skills he has to offer. I am proud to say that Alex now works as a greeter at The Home Depot and is thriving. He offers a personal and friendly greeting to every customer he comes in contact with and some folks even come in specifically to see him. It is important for businesses and corporations to see the value of hiring those with special needs and I am proud to say that many of our Dallas area companies have already taken great strides to show that people with disabilities can be productive employees.
Congressman Sessions with his son, Alex Sessions.
I am also very proud to offer internship opportunities to bright young students with special needs. Morgan is a student at George Mason University, Class of 2019. Every week, Morgan interns in my Washington, D.C. office and is a tremendous help to my staff. She assists with typical intern tasks like folding constituent letters and delivering Dr. Pepper products to our hardworking Capitol Police Officers. I have no doubt that Morgan will go on to do many amazing things professionally. All she needs, and what all disabled people need, is to be given the same opportunity as everyone else.
Congressman Sessions with one of his Washington, D.C. interns, Morgan.
I encourage all employers and workers to include a person who may have a disability in their workplace. I am sure you will see, just as I have, that their abilities far outnumber their disability.