31 Days of National Disability Employment Awareness Month — What you CAN do! Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
NDEAM's roots go 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." Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.
During October, Disability:IN GKC will post ideas and resources each day on our LinkedIn and Facebook page to help you celebrate NDEAM. Follow us today for ideas to develop your own campaign.
Disability:IN GKC is a proud partner of the Workplace Initiative, which fuels national and regional partnerships of foundations, companies, nonprofits and government agencies to remove barriers to successful careers for people with disabilities. The Disability Employment and Inclusion “Do-It-Yourself” Guide (DIY Guide) is a playbook that has packaged a comprehensive set of tools and resources for accelerating disability inclusion. Companies can use the guide to start or enhance a disability employment and inclusion program.