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National Disability Employment Awareness Month


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JL
- 677 days ago - dol.gov
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. This year's



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JL A. (275)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 9:39 am
National Disability Employment Awareness Month

A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?

National Disability Employment Awareness 2012: A Message from Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez


NDEAM 2012 poster: A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?


NDEAM 2012 poster: A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU 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. This year's theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?"

View the NDEAM 2012 Activities Page

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.

Although led by ODEP, NDEAM's true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers, schools and organizations of all sizes and in all communities are encouraged to participate in NDEAM, and ODEP offers several resources to help them do so. Activities range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive America, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities every day of every month.

To get NDEAM resources or learn more about how your organization can participate, please select one of the following:
 

Julian Robert Gonzalez (112)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 4:28 pm
I was not aware of this. TY for info JL. Now lets give more than awareness but give more financial aid to disabled. White House are you listening?
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 4:31 pm
I second that good idea Julian! You cannot currently send a star to Julian because you have done so within the last week.
 

John B. (215)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 5:06 pm
Thanks J.L. I had no idea there was such a month and I worked in Rehab for years. Will be checking in my community to see if there is any type of activity going on. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday October 14, 2012, 5:14 pm
You are welcome John. Historically state agencies took the lead for such months when related to their mission and coordinated or put on at least one awareness event to make the news. I suspect such activities may have been cut out of agency budgets in these austere times since often would involve travel, etc. (one of the first areas frozen and more limited in tight times). Hopefully some of the non-profit world is doing something when government may not currently doing anything. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

natalie n. (164)
Monday October 15, 2012, 2:59 am
i wasn't aware there was such a month. got to check this back home.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday October 15, 2012, 9:27 am
Natalie, thanks for letting me know I shared new information of value to readers. You cannot currently send a star to natalie because you have done so within the last week.
 
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