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Start the Countdown to National Disability Employment Awareness Month

With October quickly approaching, now is the perfect time for businesses of all sizes and industries to make plans for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held annually in October, NDEAM raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities throughout our nation's history.

And how exactly can employers take part? NDEAM's national sponsor, the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, offers a wide range of ideas to inspire you. For example, businesses can order and display this year's official NDEAM poster, conduct disability awareness training for employees or express support for NDEAM through their social media activities. The possibilities are endless, and materials to help you get started can be found in ODEP's NDEAM Resource Toolbox, which features ready-to-publish newsletter articles, sample press releases and more.

NDEAM's true value lies in the many creative events and activities that take place at the grassroots level across the nation each year. By supporting it, employers play an important role in advancing its spirit, both in October and throughout the year. After all, they're at the center of this year's NDEAM theme: Expect. Employ. Empower.

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