October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
Since 1945, our nation has recognized the call to action regarding employment awareness for people with disabilities. And 2014 continues with the theme, “Expect. Employ. Empower.”
Preparation is key to successful awareness campaigns. What can you do to help celebrate this National Disability Awareness Month? The United States Department of Labor offers some helpful tips:
Day 1: Put up a NDEAM poster
Day 2: Review Company polices
Day 3: Train Supervisors
Day 4: Educate Employers
Day 5: Release a NDEAM press release
Day 6: Participate in Disability Mentoring Day
Day 7: Feature NDEAM in social media activities
Day 8: Establish an ERG (Employee Resource Group)
Day 9: Hold a discussion
Day 10: Organize an assembly
Day 11: Educate about disability history
Day 12: Train front-line staff
Day 13: Engage student leaders
Day 14: Feature NDEAM in your magazine or newsletter
Day 15: Post an NDEAM Web link
Day 16: Solicit an NDEAM proclamation
Day 17: Hold an NDEAM “management breakfast” or “brown-bag lunch”
Day 18: Reach out to local media
Day 19: Access the WRP (Workforce Recruitment Program)
Day 20: Take advantage of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Day 21: Assess IT Accessibility’
Day 22: Join a business organization
Day 23: Tell us what YOU will do!
Day 25: Educate about TBI, PTSD and Employment
Day 26: Share the “I Can” PSA
Day 27: Share the “Because” PSA
Day 28: Help Youth Sharpen their “Soft” Skills
Day 29: Proactively Recruit People with Disabilities
Day 30: Share what you did!
Day 31: Subscribe to ODEP’s news brief
Mark your calender so you can HELP the nation celebrate this Congress enacted law from 1945.
NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.” ~ Dep’t of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Two local companies celebrate “Expect, Employ, Empower” year-round.
REAP (Richmond Entrepreneur’s Assistance Program)
The Richmond Entrepreneur’s Assistance Program (REAP) is a 501c3, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive job training and meaningful employment for new and diverse entrepreneurs. Our primary focus is to meet the specific need for workforce development for people with disabilities.
Positive Vibe Café
Provides training in the food service industry for people with disabilities.
DISABILITY, according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, means inability to pursue an occupation because of physical or mental impairment.
National Disability Awareness Month reminds us that ALL people with ALL abilities should have the opportunity for gainful employment.
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