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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016

NDEAM 2016 poster: #InclusionWorks

Celebrating Disability Inclusion for More than 70 Years

Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. The annual theme is announced early to facilitate advance planning of events. The official 2016 NDEAM poster is now available.



NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." Learn more about the origins and evolution of NDEAM and other important events in disability employment history in our interactive timeline.

Poster from 1945: America Needs ALL of Us – Hire the Handicapped through State Employment Service Local Offices

ODEP offers a range of resources to help organizations plan NDEAM observances, including not only the official poster in English and Spanish, but also sample articles, a press release, proclamation and social media content.

NDEAM 2016 poster: #InclusionWorks



What can YOU do to celebrate NDEAM? There are lots of ways! To get started, see our 31 Days of NDEAM slideshow or our ideas for employers, educators and youth service professionals, associations and unions, disability related organizations and federal agencies. .

Screen shot from 31 Days of NDEAM slideshow: NDEAM Week #1 – What you CAN do

This year’s NDEAM theme was developed with input from a range of organizations with which ODEP partners, and the use of a hashtag is intended to spur individuals and groups to post images and stimulate discussion on social media about the many ways “inclusion works.” Read the news release.

NDEAM 2016 poster: #InclusionWorks