Carrie Fisher normalized mental illness. These 13 tweets show why that matters.

Actress, jokester, and animal-loving icon Carrie Fisher died on Dec. 27, 2016. As evidenced by the response that followed, her impact dismantling stigma surrounding mental illness will live on for generations to come.

The “Star Wars” legend, who died at age 60 less than one week after suffering a heart attack, was more than an actor. She fought for animal welfare. She railed against sexism, body-shaming, and ageism in Hollywood. And she often spoke candidly about living with addiction and bipolar disorder.

To many fans, Fisher’s openness about living with mental illness made a big difference.

Helping to stomp out the stigma against mental illness quickly became one way that fans honored Fisher’s legacy.

People began opening up about their own experiences living with mental illness using the #InHonorOfCarrie hashtag on Twitter.

As their responses show, Fisher’s commitment to live freely helped normalize mental illness. And it helped countless others do the same.

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Federal Agencies Exceed Disability Hiring Goal

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently released the Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch. Federal employees with disabilities represent 14.41 percent of the overall workforce, accounting for 264,844 people. This is more people with disabilities in Federal service, both in real terms and by percentage, than at any time in the past 35 years.

“This Administration has consistently demonstrated a commitment to providing equal employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities,” said Beth Cobert, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management. “We remain committed to supporting the Federal Government’s efforts to be a model employer for people with disabilities, and I look forward to continue building on our progress.”

In July 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13548 Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities, to mark the historic 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EO provides that as the nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government must become a model for the employment of individuals with disabilities. “My Administration is dedicated to upholding our Nation’s promise of equal opportunity for all and advancing employment for people with disabilities in every community,” President Obama said. “I am proud that the Federal Government is leading by example as a model employer.

From FY 2011 to FY 2015, the years Federal agencies have been implementing the EO, the Federal Government hired 109,575 part-time and full-time career employees with disabilities. This major milestone exceeded the Administration’s goal to hire 100,000 people with disabilities.

OPM continues to work with partner agencies to improve efforts to employ workers with disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring, and retention. For example, OPM developed an online course entitled, A Roadmap to Success: Hiring, Retaining and Including People with Disabilities. This course, which is now available to all Federal agencies, provides Federal employees with basic information and resources to successfully hire, retain, and advance employees with disabilities.

Source: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

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