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  • Dee Gerstenkorn

BCI to Observe Disability Employment Month

Boone Center, Inc. (BCI) today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October.

The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to share information on disability employment issues and celebrate the widespread contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Increasing Access and Opportunity."

Since its founding in 1959, BCI has provided meaningful employment to people with developmental disabilities. A member of the Missouri Association of Sheltered Workshop Managers (MASWM), BCI currently employs more than 250 adults under its Organizational Program and serves dozens more with employment services, vocational training, and follow-along services under its Competitive Program.

Throughout October, BCI will celebrate its programs to support and expand disability employment and create a more inclusive work culture in our community. Using social media, they will share valuable information and impactful stories while celebrating the success of workers and the companies who employ them. Links to BCI’s social media channels can be found at

"BCI is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said BCI CEO Troy Compardo. "We want to spread the important message that people with disabilities can and do contribute meaningfully to productive business organizations.”

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945 when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting

Headquartered at 200 Trade Center Dr. W in St. Peters, Mo., BCI enriches the lives of adults with disabilities and their families by providing a wide selection of employment and training opportunities. The nonprofit’s Employment Continuum Model focuses on full employment combined with training and ongoing support. For more information, call (636) 978-4300 or visit


BCI receives funding from the Developmental Disabilities Resource Board of St. Charles County (DDRB). The DDRB is a public taxing entity, commonly known as a "Senate Bill 40 Board”, which enters into funding contracts with agencies that serve individuals with developmental disabilities in St. Charles County.

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