National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held every October. NDEAM is an opportune time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The 2014 NDEAM theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”
“We all have a role to play in—and benefit to gain from—increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez. “This year’s theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It’s about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation.”
NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. The Campaign for Disability Employment encourages organizations of all sizes and in all industries to participate in NDEAM.
For specific ideas on supporting NDEAM, visit the ODEP website at www.dol.gov/odep/. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities—every day of every month.
Tracey A. Martin
1LT, QM, SCARNG
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
South Carolina Army National Guard