October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a nationwide effort led by Congress and the U.S. Department of Labor to make the public aware of the skills that the disabled community contributes to the workforce.
This year, the theme for NDEAM is “profit by investing in workers with disabilities,” and the goal is to educate employers on the benefits of hiring someone with a disability.
All month long, programs and activities will take place across the country to call attention to Americans who are currently working with a disability, are disabled and looking for a fair employment opportunity, or have become too disabled to work.
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 mandated that employers overlook an interviewee’s disability when considering him or her for a job. But no matter what the law is, many disabled people still face adversity when seeking employment.
Fortunately, various resources can help communities identify and confront employment barriers for disabled workers. What would you like to see happen in your community during NDEAM?