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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.

Resources


NDEAM Poster


NDEAM 2014 poster: Expect. Employ. Empower.

NDEAM 2014 poster: Porque Somos CAPACES de Realizar la Tarea


To get NDEAM resources or learn more about how your organization can participate, please select one of the following:

Previous Observances

To learn more about past years' observances, please select a year: