Each October, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), we celebrate the many contributions and achievements of employees with disabilities.
Employees with disabilities are dependable, loyal, and eager to learn—and research shows that their inclusion in the workforce improves overall employee retention rate and morale. However, people with disabilities have been marginalized and misunderstood for generations, and 85% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) remain unemployed.
How to Celebrate NDEAM in October (And Year-Round)
There are many ways to observe and celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Here are a few ideas.
Learn about the value of people with disabilities in the workforce.
- Disability as a Source of Competitive Advantage (Harvard Business Review)
- Seven Reasons Why Hiring People With Disabilities Is Good for Business (Forbes)
- Accommodations Cost Less Than You Think and Have a High, Positive Impact (Job Accommodation Network)
Share your disability employment story and help someone share theirs.
The Arc has collected disability employment success stories from both employees and employers. Read them and share them with your networks. Let’s help more people understand the value that people with disabilities bring to the workforce.
If you have a friend, family member, coworker, or neighbor with a disability who is employed, encourage them to share their story. We want as many people to join the conversation as possible! Share your stories on social media using #NDEAM or even reach out to your local news. Be sure to join The Arc’s celebration by following us on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), and LinkedIn and engaging with stories from the people we serve.
Look at your company’s disability hiring practices.
- If you’re not actively hiring people with disabilities, here’s a tip sheet to help you get started.
- Review your company’s policies and processes to make sure they are inclusive and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Train managers and supervisors to make sure they understand their role in fostering an inclusive workplace.
- Post about NDEAM in your newsletter, on your website, or on social media to help increase awareness.
- Participate in Disability Mentoring Day, which takes place on the third Wednesday in October.
The Arc has been working for the inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in all aspects of life. Our nearly 600 chapters across the country have been connecting companies and people with IDD to make successful employment a reality. Support our work!
Is There a Theme for NDEAM in 2023?
Each year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy selects a theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The 2023 NDEAM theme is “Advancing Access and Equity” to honor the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
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