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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2018

NDEAM 2018 poster: America’s Workforce: Empowering All

Celebrating Disability Inclusion for More than 70 Years

Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, the 2018 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents. The official 2018 NDEAM poster will be available for downloading and to order in hard copy soon.


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 2018 poster: America’s Workforce: Empowering All


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

NDEAM 2018 THEME: America’s Workforce: Empowering All

The 2018 NDEAM theme was developed with input from a range of organizations with which ODEP partners. Read the news release.