Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Observed each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices that benefit employers and employees.

In 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has chosen two themes to mark significant events. First, they have selected “Advancing Access and Equity” as the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities and promote inclusive policies. Second, they will use the theme “Advancing Access and Equity: Then, Now and Next” to honor the 50th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibited discrimination based on disability in employment and federal programs. The Rehabilitation Act laid the foundation for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and continues to be important in advancing access and equity for underserved communities.

Advancing Access and Equity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e96nbW0ZiBY&t=1s

For more information: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam

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