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 2016 NDEAM theme is #InclusionWorks.
“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.”
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 www.dol.gov/ndeam. 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.
Taking advantage of the hashtag theme, the Campaign for Disability Employment will be encouraging our followers to stimulate discussion on social media about the many ways “inclusion works.” Stay tuned to learn more, and start thinking now about ways to incorporate the #InclusionWorks theme into your own activities this fall!