October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, when we raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for NDEAM 2015 is “My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am.”
“This year’s theme encapsulates the important message that people with disabilities are just that – people,” said Jennifer Sheehy, acting assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. “And like all people, we are the sum of many parts, including our work experiences. Disability is an important perspective we bring to the table, but, of course, it’s not the only one.”
To order the 2015 poster, click here or on the link in the right column.
The 2015 NDEAM theme echoes the Campaign for Disability Employment’s PSA “Who I Am,” currently in national distribution. The PSA features nine diverse people with disabilities – some obvious and some not – sharing the many ways they describe themselves, from personal interests to family relationships to occupations. Among them is actor RJ Mitte, known for his work on AMC’s critically acclaimed series “Breaking Bad.”
Start thinking about NDEAM and what you can do to raise awareness about employment for people with disabilities. Check out ODEP’s 31 Days of NDEAM slideshow, which features suggestions ranging from displaying the 2015 poster to implementing a disability education program.
For more information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, go to ODEP’s NDEAM page.