GettingHired and their Employer Partners, Join A Broad Effort to Observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

GettingHired.com today announced its participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces 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.

"When I was growing up, many people doubted what I could do just because I was blind. But because I had people in my life who instilled in me an expectation of work and showed me opportunities to be successful, I completed college and became known for what I can do," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy when announcing this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme, which is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task." 

Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, GettingHired's Employer Partners will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate their employees on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture and making a concerted effort to find the best qualified talent for their organizations. The GettingHired Employer Partners observing this month include:

GettingHired's Employer Partners Participating in NDEAM
Accenture Exelon Corporation OfficeMax, Inc.
Allegis Group, Inc. Hewlett-Packard Company Physicians Immediate Care, LLC.
Associated Bank Houston Methodist Hospital PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
CA Technologies ID Analytics Qualcomm, Inc.
Capital One Fiancial Group ITT Corporation Starbucks Corporation
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) JetBlue Airways Corporation Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Colorado Springs Utilities Kraft Food, Inc. TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation
Covance, Inc. Lockheed Martin Corporation Verizon Wireless
DuPont NextEra Energy, Inc.  

"GettingHired and their Employer Partners are proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Adam Streets, Director of Marketing, GettingHired. "We want to spread the important message that a strong workforce is one inclusive of the skills and talents of all individuals, including individuals with disabilities."

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and ways they can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/.



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