The Campaign for Disability Employment

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Are you ready for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held every October, NDEAM is an opportune time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The 2014 NDEAM theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

“We all have a role to play in—and benefit to gain from—increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez. “This year’s theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It’s about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation.”

NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. The Campaign for Disability Employment encourages organizations of all sizes and in all industries to participate in NDEAM.

For specific ideas on supporting NDEAM, visit the ODEP website at Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities—every day of every month.

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If you are a company or organization planning to mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we’d like to hear from you.
Please take a moment to share how you marked NDEAM in 2013 and how you plan to celebrate in 2014.

Share with Other Organizations

Emily Kosta
At Opportunity Partners, we sent plants and cards to all of our business partners, thanking them for supporting employment for people with disabilities. We are also featuring a business partner on various social media platforms every day during the month of October.

Debbie Johnson
ASPIRO and Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation held our annual Employer Recognition Luncheon, October 24th, at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI. The Governor's Exemplary Employer Award, certificates for Outstanding Employers, were presented. Raffle prizes and speakers, Mayor Jim Schmidt and Packer's Community Outreach Director, Cathy Dworack. A great event for all!

Karen Williams
Trillium celebrated NDEAM with three articles in local business journals sharing the benefits of including people with disabilities in the workforce. These articles highlight a range of businesses, jobs and employees all creating success stories that will hopefully inspire other companies into action.

Angelina Rodriguez
SCLAD celebrated NDEAM, with its Disability Employment Awareness Luncheon on October 11, 2013, at the beautiful Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne, Florida. It honored 10 Winners of the Esteemed Employee Award, 42 Nominees - persons with disabilities who are currently working and who are EQUAL to the Task. Great Success!!!

The United States Postal Service will have weekly articles which will feature disabled employees and how successful they are despite their disability. We also have individuals that will speak highly about the reasonable accommodation program.

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