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National Disability Employment Awareness Month
My disability is one part of who I am.
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2015 is "My disability is one part of who I am."
NDEAM's roots go back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month." Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.
To learn more about past years' observances, please select a year:
- NDEAM 2014
- NDEAM 2013
- NDEAM 2012
- NDEAM 2011
- NDEAM 2010
- NDEAM 2009
- NDEAM 2008
- NDEAM 2007
- NDEAM 2006
- NDEAM 2005