We recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October to commemorate the many contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Help us celebrate NDEAM! Use and share the social media materials in this toolkit to help spread the word online. You can also use the menu at left to find more resources for employers, community organizations, state and local governments, advocacy groups and schools.
- Web: dol.gov/NDEAM
- Blog: blog.dol.gov
- Hashtag: #NDEAM
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Sample Tweets: General
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Learn more at www.dol.gov/NDEAM. #NDEAM
How are you observing National Disability Employment Awareness Month? www.dol.gov/NDEAM. #NDEAM
What does workplace inclusion look like? Share your images during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. #NDEAM
Order your free National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster at www.dol.gov/NDEAM. #NDEAM
Despite significant job gains over the past few months, many workers are facing higher levels of unemployment. As America’s economy recovers, inclusion will be key to our success. www.dol.gov/agencies/odep #NDEAM
Sample Tweets: Long COVID-19 Resources
Are you experiencing long-term symptoms of COVID-19? Learn about workplace tools and accommodations that can help you keep working during your recovery. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/topics/coronavirus-covid-19-long-covid #NDEAM
Workers experiencing long COVID can contact @USDOL to learn about workplace flexibilities, tools and accommodations and other resources to help during their recovery. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/topics/coronavirus-covid-19-long-covid #NDEAM
Long COVID-19 is a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after contracting the coronavirus. @CDCgov has more information and a list of symptoms associated with the condition. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects.html #NDEAM
If you’re experiencing long COVID-19, and it’s affecting your ability to work, you may be entitled to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/topics/coronavirus-covid-19-long-covid #NDEAM
Workers: If you have long COVID, you may be entitled to workplace accommodations. Learn more https://blog.dol.gov/2021/07/06/workers-with-long-covid-19-may-be-entitled-to-accommodations #NDEAM
An inclusive recovery is a strong recovery. Find resources to support people experiencing long COVID-19: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/topics/coronavirus-covid-19-long-covid #NDEAM
Find resources to support people experiencing long COVID-19: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/topics/coronavirus-covid-19-long-covid #NDEAM
Workers with long COVID-19: You may be entitled to workplace accommodations: https://blog.dol.gov/2021/07/06/workers-with-long-covid-19-may-be-entitled-to-accommodations #NDEAM
Sample Tweets: Employer Resources
Inclusive apprenticeship programs help employers access a wider talent pool. Learn how to start or expand an #apprenticeship program: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/program-areas/apprenticeship #NDEAM
Employers: Is your online recruiting tech open to everyone? This tool from @PEATWorks can help employers and HR professionals make recruiting technology accessible to all job seekers: https://www.peatworks.org/digital-accessibility-toolkits/talentworks/ #NDEAM
The Job Accommodation Network helps employers increase access and opportunity for #PWD during National Disability Employment Awareness Month and all year long: https://askjan.org/ #NDEAM @JANatJAN
Want to cast a wide net when hiring? Make sure you’re not omitting qualified applicants with disabilities. @AskEARN can help employers increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities: https://askearn.org/ #NDEAM
Want to hire a diverse, talented workforce? Check out this free online toolkit from @JANatJAN with tools to create a more disability-inclusive and compliant workplace: https://askjan.org/toolkit/ #NDEAM
Employers: Are you using accessible technology to increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities? The Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology can help: https://www.peatworks.org/ #NDEAM @PEATWorks
Learn how @USDOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy helps increase access and opportunity for America’s workers with disabilities and ensure they’re part of our national recovery: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep #NDEAM
The Campaign for Disability Employment, an initiative of @USDOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, offers PSAs and more that employers can incorporate into National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrations: www.whatcanyoudocampaign.org @CDETweets #NDEAM
Sample Tweets: NDEAM Spotlights
Marca Bristo was a disability rights activist and independent living pioneer who was a key player in the passage of the #ADA. She founded @AccessLiving, co-founded @NCILAdvocacy and led @NatCounDis from 1994-2002. #NDEAM Spotlight
Lydia X. Z. Brown is an attorney, author & educator whose work focuses on intersectionality & disability justice. Among their many other achievements, they were the lead editor of All the Weight of Our Dreams, an anthology of works by autistic people of color. #NDEAM Spotlight
Kitty Cone was a disability rights activist who led the 150-person, 28-day 1977 sit-in at the San Francisco office of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, which led to the signing of regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. #NDEAM Spotlight
Lois Curtis’s lawsuit against the state of Georgia resulted in the Supreme Court’s landmark Olmstead decision, providing a legal basis for independent living and community integration, including through employment, for Americans with disabilities. #NDEAM Spotlight
Justin Dart, Jr. was an activist & disability advocate known as the Godfather of the ADA. In 2010, he was inducted into the Labor Hall of Honor for his work to increase employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities. #NDEAM Spotlight
Lex Frieden is a disability rights advocate who played a significant role in the drafting and passing of the #ADA. He served as executive director of @NatCounDis in the 1980s and was later appointed as its chair in 2002. #NDEAM Spotlight
The first deaf Black female attorney in the U.S., Claudia Gordon has worked at @USDOL and @DHSgov and now works to increase diversity, inclusion and accessibility in the private sector. #NDEAM Spotlight
Haben Girma, the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, is a human rights lawyer who advocates for disability justice and inclusion. #NDEAM Spotlight
Dr. Roy Grizzard was the first assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, serving from 2002-2007. Prior to that, he spent 27 years with @HenricoSchools and six as Commissioner of the Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. #NDEAM Spotlight
Former Sen. Tom Harkin has advocated for increased employment opportunities for people with disabilities for decades, including authoring the ADA and serving as its chief sponsor in the Senate. Today he continues his work through @HarkinAtDrake & @HarkinSummit #NDEAM Spotlight
Judy Heumann is a lifelong leader of the international disability rights movement, contributing to important legislation including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. #NDEAM Spotlight
I. King Jordan in 1988 became the first deaf president of Gallaudet University, the world's only university designed specifically for students who are deaf and hard of hearing. #NDEAM Spotlight
John D. Kemp, president and CEO of @ViscardiCenter, is a disability rights advocate and attorney who co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities and professionalized the U.S. Business Leadership Network, today known as @DisabilityIn. #NDEAM @AAPD #NDEAM Spotlight
Disability advocate and communications consultant Andraea LaVant was impact producer for the award-winning @CripCampFilm, helping promote the documentary and use it as a force to foster dialogue about disability as a social equity issue. #NDEAM Spotlight
Kathy Martinez, president & CEO of @dralegal, was assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy from 2009-2015. Before that, she was executive director of @WID_org, where she focused on economic empowerment for #PWD. #NDEAM Spotlight
Attorney and author Haley Moss @haleymossart is an advocate who speaks frequently about #neurodiversity and disability's intersection with the legal profession. She was also the first documented openly autistic attorney to be sworn into the @TheFlaBar. #NDEAM Spotlight
Disability rights advocate Ari Ne’eman co-founded the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and was the first autistic person on the @NatCounDis, which he served on from 2010-2015. #NDEAM Spotlight
As executive director of the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, Rebecca (Becky) Ogle proposed and designed the Office of Disability Employment Policy, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. #NDEAM Spotlight
Disability rights activist Ed Roberts, known as the founder of the #IndependentLiving movement, was the first wheelchair user to attend @UCBerkeley and later served as director of @californiador and co-founded @WID_org. #NDEAM Spotlight
Neil Romano, former assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy (2008-2009) and National Council on Disability Chair, advocates for increased disability inclusion in employment and all aspects of community life as a member of the @NatCounDis. #NDEAM Spotlight
Henry Viscardi, Jr., a leading disability advocate and founder of the @ViscardiCenter, was committed to improving quality of life for people with disabilities, including through employment. Today, the annual Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards honor his legacy. #NDEAM Spotlight
Alice Wong is a disability rights advocate who founded the Disability Visibility Project, which collects oral histories of #PWD. In 2015, Wong, who has a neuromuscular disorder, became the 1st person to visit the White House via telepresence robot. #NDEAM Spotlight
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"America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion"
<name of organization> is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Throughout the month, we'll be engaging in a variety of activities to educate our <EMPLOYEES/MEMBERS> on disability employment issues and the role they play in fostering a disability-friendly work culture.
"America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion"
How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Learn how you can support NDEAM by visiting the ODEP website: www.dol.gov/NDEAM.
Long COVID-19 Resources
Are you still experiencing effects of COVID-19 that make it difficult to do your job? If so, you may be entitled to workplace accommodations. Learn more from the Job Accommodation Network. https://askjan.org/blogs/jan/2021/03/covid-19-long-haulers-and-the-americans-with-disabilities-act.cfm
Long COVID is a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after contracting the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information and a list of symptoms associated with the condition. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/long-term-effects.html
If you’re experiencing long COVID-19 and it’s affecting your ability to work, you may be entitled to accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/topics/coronavirus-covid-19-long-covid
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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Learn more at www.dol.gov/NDEAM. #NDEAM #disability #disabilities #PWD
What does workplace inclusion look like? Share your images during National Disability Employment Awareness Month. #NDEAM #disability #disabilities #PWD
Social Media Accessibility Tips
We encourage you to participate in NDEAM on social media by sharing our poster and suggested social media content. Below are a few tips to help you ensure that your posts are accessible to everyone. For more detailed guidance, visit DigitalGov's social media accessibility toolkit.
- Make sure your profile page includes alternative contact options, like an accessible "contact us" form or toll-free phone number, or an email link to somebody who can assist people with questions.
- Write social media posts informally and in plain language. Avoid abbreviations and spell out acronyms.
- Use @mentions to tag other organizations on social media and use relevant hashtags on keywords and phrases to categorize posts.
- For multi-word hashtags, capitalize the first letters of each section of a compound word (#LikeThisExample).
- Provide closed captioning for YouTube videos. You can do this automatically, or you can add and edit captions manually.
- Add captions to Facebook video posts. Make sure captions are turned on for live videos.
- Link to pages with full captions or transcripts of photos, videos or audio.
- Avoid using emojis, or at least refrain from using excessive emojis in posts.
- Describe your photos in the caption of social media posts on Instagram.
- Turn on image description settings in Twitter and compose descriptive text to make images accessible. Note that this setting doesn’t work for GIFs.
- Add and edit alternative text descriptions to images posted on Facebook.
- If possible, test your tweet with assistive technology before posting it.
For additional resources regarding social media accessibility, visit the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology at PEATworks.org.