Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas A disability may be from birth or as a result of injury, accident, or illness; and

Whereas A disability can include any long-term physical, mental, emotional, or developmental issue that currently has or has had a substantial effect on daily activities; and

Whereas There are currently 54 million people in the United States living with a disability; and  

Whereas Americans with disabilities play a critical role in forming our nation’s identity; and

Whereas Employment offers people with disabilities greater personal freedom and opportunity to socialize in professional work environments; and

Whereas Employment enables people with disabilities to obtain financial stability, affordable and accessible housing, transportation, and health care; and

Whereas Through public awareness, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts seeks to continue its support for employers in the public and private sector to ensure that all disabled persons receive adequate and appropriate employment opportunities,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 2013, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this first day of October, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth        

William Francis Galvin              
Secretary of the Commonwealth
God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts