October is National Disability Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that educates the public about disability employment issues. It celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

October is National Disability Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that educates the public about disability employment issues. It celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

The history of Nation 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 type of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

LOQW, Inc. sponsored a meet and greet Wednesday, Oct. 14, by inviting the Marion County Commissioners to meet the individuals who provide custodial services to the Marion County Courthouse in Hannibal. Larry Welch, Eastern District Associate Commissioner, and Randy Spratt, Western District Associate Commissioner, were in attendance. Presiding Commissioner Lyndon Bode was unable to attend the event. The commission contracts with LOQW, Inc. to provide the man power and support to the individuals working at the courthouse. The Commissioners thanked the employees for their service to the county and complimented them on the cleanliness of the courthouse.

LOQW, Inc. has partnered with Marion County for over 20 years to provide the custodial services to the courthouse. Susie Thompson has been employed 18 of the 20 years. When the employees were asked what they spend their money on, the response was just like that from everyone else — including bills, recreation and retail.

Additional information regarding the services provided by LOQW, Inc. can be found at www.loqw.com.