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Do You Know About NDEAM?

The poster is rectangular in shape with a white background. The words, “Advancing Access & Equity, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Celebrating 50 years of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973” are placed to the right of a field of red, gray, teal, blue and yellow arrows. Mixed within the arrows are diverse images of people with disabilities in workplace settings. Along the top in small gray letters are the hashtags “NDEAM” and “RehabAct50” followed by the website address, dol.gov/ODEP. In the lower right corner is the DOL seal followed by the words “Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor” as well as the Rehabilitation Act 50 logo.

Every October we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by recognizing and remembering the accomplishments of people with disabilities. We also take this month (and every other month) to keep fighting to advance access and equity. 

The first version of NDEAM was introduced in 1945 under the name “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week” which was celebrated during the first week of October. By 1962, the word “physically” was taken out. Congress did this to be inclusive of all the people with disabilities in the workforce contributing to their families, communities, and economy. 

In 1988, Congress changed the name once again to what it is today, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This extended the week into a month. 

The theme for NDEAM 2023 is “Advancing Access and Equity.”

The poster is rectangular in shape with
a white background. The words, “Advancing Access & Equity, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Celebrating 50 years of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973” are placed to the right of a field of red, gray, teal, blue and yellow arrows. Mixed within the arrows are diverse images of people with disabilities in workplace settings. Along the top in small gray letters are the hashtags “NDEAM” and “RehabAct50” followed by the website address, dol.gov/ODEP. In the lower right corner is the DOL seal followed by the words “Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor” as well as the Rehabilitation Act 50 logo.

Poster Description: The poster is rectangular in shape with

a white background. The words, “Advancing Access & Equity, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Celebrating 50 years of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973” are placed to the right of a field of red, gray, teal, blue and yellow arrows. Mixed within the arrows are diverse images of people with disabilities in workplace settings. Along the top in small gray letters are the hashtags “NDEAM” and “RehabAct50” followed by the website address, dol.gov/ODEP. In the lower right corner is the DOL seal followed by the words “Office of Disability Employment Policy, United States Department of Labor” as well as the Rehabilitation Act 50 logo.

There are lots of ways to take part in NDEAM 2023. For employers and employees, October is a good month to review the company policies to ensure they reflect equity, inclusion, and diversity in the workplace. Establishing an employee resource group and training supervisors to ensure they are able to foster an inclusive environment. 

Featuring NDEAM on social media platforms is a way to spread awareness about diverse and equitable work cultures. Organizations are encouraged to include the hashtag #NDEAM when posting. 

Educators and Youth Service Professionals are encouraged to hold discussions and create displays talking about disability employment. Bulletin boards, white boards, and announce boards are great places to hang educational NDEAM posters up. Organizing an assembly is another way schools can take part in NDEAM. Reaching out to local disability service organization workers and/or people with disabilities in the workforce who are willing to talk about their experiences. 

People who work in legislation and policy can implement an annual Legislative Disability Awareness Day to research and pitch bills that help improve employment resources for people with disabilities. Spreading the word by featuring NDEAM social media posts or issuing a press release are small ways that these organizations can show their support for disability employment. 

Art Possible Ohio is committed to hiring arts administrators and artists with disabilities as a part of our ongoing mission to make the arts a more inclusive place. 

Thank you for supporting NDEAM 2023! Let’s keep advancing access and equity every month. 

Sources:

https://www.loc.gov/disability-employment-awareness-month/about/#:~:text=This%20effort%20to%20educate%20the,Employ%20the%20Physically%20Handicapped%20Week.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam