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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 3, 2014

While the month of October rings in the fall season, it also marks the Department of Labor’s (DOL) National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM is a nationwide campaign intended to increase the awareness of disability employment issues while celebrating the various contributions made by American workers with disabilities. An additional goal of this campaign is to increase employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. 

The theme for this year’s campaign is Expect. Employ. Empower.

What Employers Can Do to Support National Disability Employment Awareness Month

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the DOL is celebrating the various contributions made by disabled workers.

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the DOL is celebrating the various contributions made by disabled workers.

The DOL’s website offers a number of suggestions as to what various people and entities can do to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month. For employers who would like to support this cause, some of the things that the DOL is recommending are to: 

  • Update workplace policies to ensure that they explicitly denounce discrimination against people with disabilities
  • Put up an NDEAM display somewhere in the workplace to recognize and bring further awareness to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Communal places like break rooms can be ideal places for NDEAM displays throughout the month of October (and the DOL has various posters you can download, print and display).
  • Train supervisors regarding the workplace’s nondiscrimination policies, particularly when it comes to people with mental and/or physical disabilities
  • Conduct a short seminar for employees to go over nondiscrimination policies. These can be short and informal, possibly as part of a regular staff meeting.
  • Publish a press release about NDEAM, and potentially publish this PR piece on the company website or in a company newsletter.

The bottom line is that anything that can increase awareness of and opportunities for disabled workers is a positive thing.

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