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National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Expect. Employ. Empower.
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 2014 is "Expect. Employ. Empower."
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.
- Presidential Proclamation National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2014
- NDEAM 2014 Resource Toolbox
- Drop-In Articles
- Sample Proclamation
- Sample Press Release
- Sample Social Media Content
- Social Media Accessibility Tips
- Campaign for Disability Employment
- Library of Congress
- Voices of NDEAM: Expect. Employ. Empower.
To get NDEAM resources or learn more about how your organization can participate, please select one of the following:
- Ideas for Employers and Employees
- Ideas for Educators and Youth Service Professionals
- Ideas for Associations and Unions
- Ideas for Disability-Related Organizations
- Ideas for Federal Agencies
To learn more about past years' observances, please select a year: