“Workplaces welcoming of the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, are a critical part of our efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy…” – Proclamation recognizing and commemorating the 77th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” recognizing the crucial role people with disabilities play in a truly inclusive and diverse American workforce. Held annually, NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), but organizations of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate. It’s the perfect time to educate about the value of an inclusive workplace while highlighting the barriers individuals from underrepresented groups often face.
Explore ODEP’s NDEAM resources aimed at building a more equitable and inclusive workforce where all people are recognized for their abilities. Download and share the official NDEAM 2022 poster, available in both English and Spanish. Access the NDEAM Social Media Kit, which includes graphics, sample posts and tips on accessibility to help spread the word online. Make each day of the month count with ideas for the 31 Days of NDEAM, including educating about disability history, fostering inclusive internship programs and proactively recruiting people with disabilities.
“Our national recovery from the pandemic cannot be completed without the inclusion of all Americans, in particular people with disabilities.” – Secretary of Labor, Marty Walsh
National Disability Institute (NDI) is committed NDEAM’s goal of highlighting supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices and the intentional inclusion of underrepresented groups, with a particular focus on Black, Indigenous and Latinx individuals with disabilities. A society in which all people with disabilities have the same access to employment and achieving financial stability and independence as people without, requires that we continue to be inclusive of race, ethnicity and disability in our research, programs, leadership, partnerships and policy development.
NDEAM activities should not end in October. Consider implementing Year-Round Employer Strategies for Advancing Disability Inclusion. Whether you are an employer, workforce professional and/or advocate, you can play an important part in fostering a more equitable and inclusive workforce every day of every month.