National Disability Employment Awareness Month being celebrated

EASTERN CAROLINA, NC (WITN) - Organizations in the East are celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month in different ways.

The Eastern Carolina Vocational Center (ECVC) is one group shedding light on how important it is to employ people with disabilities.

Those at the center say it can be difficult to find jobs because some employers see them as more of a liability than an asset.

However, the workers emphasize that everyone needs a job. Joseph Cox is a machine tender at ECVC and knows how important diversity is in the workplace for all people who want to work.

"If ECVC wasn't here, a lot of these people wouldn't have anywhere else to go 'cause a lot of people don't want to hire a lot of disabled people because it's either a liability or they don't want to pay any money to help them out with their medical needs,” said Cox.

As part of Disability Employment Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Kinston also celebrated disability employment on Wednesday, painting a moving-forward icon on the handicapped parking spaces at Grainger Stadium