Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2018 is taking place across the country
throughout October. The celebratory month provides inclusive organizations an
opportunity to celebrate job seekers with disabilities in the workforce.
The theme of NDEAM this
year is 'America's Workforce: Empowering All.' The Department
of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) chooses the annual theme and
this year they’re emphasizing the importance of ensuring that all Americans
have the same opportunities and support that enables them to be successful in
What is NDEAM and how did it begin?
NDEAM was officially
launched by Congress in 1945 and the scope of this annual campaign grew
considerably in 1988, when it was extended to encompass a full month of events
and educational activities. The goal of the extension was to better spread the
message of the positive benefits that individuals with disabilities bring to
all industries and communities in the United States.
Today, NDEAM brings
together inclusive employers, colleges and universities, non-profit
organizations, and communities across the country in celebration of the
positive impact individuals with disabilities provide in society.
What can you do to get involved this year?
There are a host of
activities that employers can take part in to support for NDEAM:
1. Educate your employees – Organize training programs to educate your teams on the importance of inclusion in the workplace. The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is a great resource for videos and discussion guides for employers to leverage!
2. Review your company policies - Ensure that all of your policies clearly convey a commitment to an inclusive workplace culture. Send out a Communication to all of your employees during October to ensure everyone is aware of these policies and your commitment to inclusion.
3. Participate in NDEAM social media events – Getting Hired is hosting a Twitter Chat on October 10th for job seekers and employers to learn more about the value of inclusion in the workplace.
4. Promote Disability Mentoring Day - Founded in 1999 to increase awareness around NDEAM, Disability Mentoring Day is a nationwide event that aims to provide improved career development opportunities for students with disabilities.
5. Establish an Employee Resource Group (ERG) – create an ERG focused on supporting and educating employees about accommodations and accessibility for individuals with disabilities.
7. Promote your support on social – Create a social media campaign highlighting your support for inclusion
in the workplace and use #NDEAM18 in your social posts.
For more information
on how you can support NDEAM in October, Getting Hired employer partners can
reach out to their dedicated Account Manager for a customized NDEAM strategy.
Thank you to our Inclusive Employer NDEAM 2018 Sponsors!