October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted on 17. Oct, 2017 by in Advocacy, Community, Community Education & Awareness, Information & Referral


Congress designated each Oc1tober as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Office of Disability Employment Policy has the lead in planning NDEAM   activities and materials to   increase the public’s awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. Various programs carried out throughout the month also highlight the specific      employment barriers that still need to be addressed Need removed. This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 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. “Inclusion Drives Innovation” will be the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2017. “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”