National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an annual nationwide campaign celebrating the skills and talents workers with disabilities bring to our workplaces. This year's theme is #InclusionWorks.
Throughout October individuals and organizations help spread the message of disability inclusion by holding events, raising awareness and sharing messages of support with the disability community.
Many of GettingHired's employer partners are showing their support for NDEAM through sponsoring our activities, participating in our Online Career Fair for job seekers with disabilities and attending our webinar on Kellogg's best practices for creating an inclusive company culture.
Not just the right thing to do
“By fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges,” said Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “Our nation’s most successful companies proudly make inclusion a core value. They know that inclusion works. It works for workers, it works for employers, it works for opportunity, and it works for innovation.”
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) created this year’s theme #InclusionWorks with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state and local agencies. The hope is that the hashtag theme spurs both individuals and groups to post images and stimulate discussion on social media about the many ways “inclusion works.”
Celebrating Disability Inclusion for More than 70 Years
NDEAM’s history dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October each year as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, the federal legislature expanded the week to a month and changed the name to NDEAM. When the department established ODEP in 2001, the agency assumed responsibility for NDEAM.
For more information about NDEAM, and how organizations can participate, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam and follow #InclusionWorks on Twitter.
A big thank you to our NDEAM employers:
Take a look at the career opportunities available from these inclusive employers!