Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues. It celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities and reminds employers of the importance of inclusive hiring practices.
In 1945, Congress declared the first week of October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was dropped to include individuals with all types of disabilities. Congress expanded the week to a month in 1988 and changed the commemoration to its current name.
This year’s theme, “Increasing Access and Opportunity,” conveys the message that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring: It’s about creating a continuum of inclusion. At the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), we’re committed not only to hiring but to retaining a diverse workforce free from discrimination.
This year, in celebration of the 75th observance of NDEAM and the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Disability Advisory Committee is hosting a virtual art display of NDEAM posters. See below for a gallery..
To learn more, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam.