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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the first federally funded program to assist people with disabilities who had not acquired their disabilities as a result of serving in the military.

President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Fess Act of 1920, also known as the Industrial Rehabilitation Act and referred to as "The National Civilian Vocational Rehabilitation Act," into law June 2, 1920.

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) is celebrating this monumental milestone by sharing the stories of how Vocational Rehabilitation has helped Arkansans over the past century.

Throughout this month, we will be featuring Arkansas stories from yesterday and today to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month along with celebrating 100 years of Vocational Rehabilitation, 75 years of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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 www.dol.gov/NDEAM