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National Disability Employment Awareness Month: Employment

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October: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

By Ability360

“This year’s theme  encapsulates the important message that people with disabilities are just that – people. And like all people, we are the sum of many parts, including our work experiences.”

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The theme for this year – which marks 70 years since the first observance – 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.”

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities, past and present. Each spring, the year’s theme is announced to help workplaces, individuals and communities begin planning activities.

For more information about NDEAM, including specific ideas for how different types of organizations can participate, visit www.dol.gov/odep and select “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” from the drop-down menu.


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To view the “Who I Am” PSA, visit www.whatcanyoudocampaign.org.

Ability360 Press Release on National Disability Employment Awareness Month