Here in the United States, October is many things. Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Spina Bifida Awareness Month. Pastors Appreciation Month (in case you are already aware of your pastor and want to do more).
October is also National Disability Employment and Awareness Month (NDEAM). This campaign is held annually to raise awareness of disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers who have disabilities. The theme for this year is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”
Earlier this year, I wrote a guest blog post for Disability.Blog – the blog of Disability.gov, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. In honor of this month, and in case you missed it the first time around, you can find it here:
The statistics related to employment for people with disabilities are sobering. There are many reasons for this, and I will save my thoughts on those reasons for another time. If you are in a position to help someone with a disability fulfill their dream of employment, you have the opportunity to offer empowerment. We all feel better when we feel valued.