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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

by Amina Donna Kruck

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is designed to educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the various contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Workplaces welcome the talents of all people, including applicants and employees with disabilities, and recognize we are a critical part of everyone’s efforts to build an inclusive community and strong economy.

Held annually, NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the grassroots observances across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

“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.”

For specific ideas about how organizations and employers can support NDEAM, visit Suggestions range from displaying a poster to implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a workforce where every person is recognized for his or her abilities — every day of every month.

To find one of the job fairs co-sponsored by several state agencies and cities during October and November visit our website at or

NDEAM Job Fairs 2016

What should you bring?

  • Picture ID
  • Resume / Master
  • Application
  • Positive Attitude
  • Dress for Interview


Job Fair – Phoenix
Oct. 14th, 2016 – Friday
10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Gateway Community College
108 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034

Hospitality • Call Centers • Communications • Restaurants • Security • Banking • Customer Service • Labor • Warehouse • Retail • Healthcare • Transportation

Tempe Job Fair
October 20, 2016
9:15 a.m. –2:00 p.m.
Tempe Library
Lower Level, Room A,
3500 S. Rural Road
Tempe, AZ, 85282

Who: Everyone!
Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)
People with disabilities &
All looking for work

9:15am-12:00 pm Workshops
11:00-12:00 DHH only Job Fair
12:00 -2:00 Open for all Job Fair

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Amina Donna Kruck


Amina Kruck is Vice President of Advocacy programs at Ability360. Kruck is a state Professional Licensed Counselor with a master’s of Counseling from ASU. She empowers individuals with disabilities and their families through advocacy related workshops, one-on-one mentoring, facilitating wellness groups, providing technical assistance for the development of consumer-driven initiatives, and developing community partnerships to address barriers to consumer choice, equal rights and self-determination. Kruck also provides workshops on the legislative process, disability oppression and self-advocacy skills.