National Disability Employment and Awareness Month

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.┬áIn honor of this month, and in case you missed it the first time around, you can find it here:

Great Expectations Guest Blog Post

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.

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2 thoughts on “National Disability Employment and Awareness Month

  1. I can tell you that, as a Human Resources person, we are usually just dying to hire a person with a disability because it moves us towards giving life to the supposed corporate values of diversity and inclusion. Some of the obstacles I have run into are that the workplace is not fully accessible and a lack of qualified candidates applying. So if you are a person with a disability and you think that you can’t get a job, my advice is to give it a shot anyway. You might just come across an HR person who will be primarily interested in your skills and abilities, but also believes in the moral rightness behind the country’s anti-discrimination laws.

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