Celebrating NDEAM 2021

NDEAM 2021 companies with disability inclusive initiatives all yearNational Disability Employment Awareness Month, or NDEAM, is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy.

The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our sponsor partners of NDEAM are committed to disability inclusion in the workplace and have initiatives, events, and activities planned throughout October for NDEAM. Stay tuned for updates from each of our partners, as we will update this blog regularly!


More and more organizations are observing and celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and we're excited to share!

Powered by our Abilities

For NDEAM, our BRG, ABLE, hosted a Livestream event on October 6.  We had a few leaders in our organization who participated in a panel discussion that focused on disability inclusion, the importance of self-identification/self-disclosure, and available resources.  To encourage our employees to self-identify, we released the video above to gain allies/advocates and highlight what people with disabilities bring to the organization. 

Walgreens Celebrates the Release of 2nd DE&I Report

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA) today released its second Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Report, which provides updates on the company’s bold DE&I commitments as well as its progress on leadership diversity.

Link to Full Digital Report

Facebook-logoFacebook celebrates DEAM with Access Ability Event

Facebook held a virtual panel titled 'Be Bold: Impacting Products and People through Accessibility and Inclusion'. Job Seekers had the opportunity to hear from members of the internal Facebook Disability community and had recruiters live for a Q&A.

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Comcast Xfinity Products are Designed for All

One of the Comcast technology team's founding principles, could not ring more true for Disability Inclusion in the workplace, "When we make a product more accessible, we improve it for everyone." Comcast believes that the magic of entertainment is universal, and that access should be as well. With innovations such as the industry's first talking guide, Audio Description, accessible mobile apps, and the new voice remote Xfinity has accessibility features built right in. 

Motorola-Solutions-640x361What Color Is Your Ribbon? A Cancer Survivor's Story

A battle with Cancer is different! It is different than getting the flu or having an injury. It is a fight, not like anything you have dealt with before. Your very life is at stake and you must decide how hard and how long you are going to fight!

While you may not automatically associate "cancer" with a "disability", the battle you go through has an impact on your life & work, unlike any other illness. Both during treatment and the long recovery, cancer survival will impact you in ways you may not expect.

Anyone who goes through a battle with cancer has a unique story. Some people keep this very private, others have made the choice to share. Here is my story.....

Emergent Biosolutions 400 Emergent Employees are Challenged to Embrace Limitations

In October during National Disability Employment Month, Emergent was pleased to welcome internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author, and innovator, Phil Hansen, as part of our Horizon Talks series.

As an art student, Phil Hansen’s intense style of pointillism led to a tremor in his hand and a diagnosis of nerve damage. Devastated, he dropped out and lost his way - until a neurologist suggested he “embrace the shake.” That advice changed Hansen’s point of view and sent him on a quest to invent different approaches to making art by embracing personal and universal limitations. In changing his approach, Phil came to realize that “by asking the right questions, limitations can become a passageway to creativity.”

Hansen shared his unique work that features unconventional materials to create art, including matchsticks, earthworms, frozen wine, and zaps of electricity. More than 400 Emergent employees joined the event and were challenged by the experience to embrace limitations as doors that open to possibilities that otherwise would have remained unseen.

 Merck-640x361Merck Partners with Actress Yvonne Orji to Empower Black women facing Breast Cancer

Merck and Emmy-nominated actress Yvonne Orji partner to launch 'Uncovering TNBC' to amplify stories of Black women battling triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).

The three-episode docuseries and the accompanying educational website highlight the difficult journey Black women face when diagnosed with TNBC, an aggressive type of breast cancer that non-Hispanic Black women are two times more likely to have than non-Hispanic white women. 


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