NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH
National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual designation observed in October. NDEAM is a time to get talking about disability employment issues, and to celebrate the contributions that disabled workers make to America’s society.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #DisabilityEmploymentAwarenessMonth to post on social media. There are several things you can do at your work place this month to participate in NDEAM. To name a few:
- Establish an ERG, or a disability Employee Resource Group. This offers employees an opportunity to connect and receive support from others with similar hobbies and interests. If your company already has one put into place, remind employees about it this month!
- Put on a display. Take some time this month to put up a poster, send a few e-mails, or create an event to celebrate NDEAM.
- Feature NDEAM on your/your company’s social media accounts! Use the hashtag above to spread the word, and it will inspire other businesses to do the same.
National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week was established in 1945 by Congress for the first week in October. In 1998 it was renamed National Disability Employment Awareness Month and extended to the entire month of October. In 2001 the Office of Disability Employment Policy took over promoting and maintaining National Disability Employment Awareness Month.