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NDEAM: Increasing Access and Opportunity

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, or NDEAM. The purpose of NDEAM is to raise awareness and educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Workplaces welcoming the talents of all people, including people with disabilities, is a critical part of building an inclusive community and strong economy.

This year marks not only the 30th anniversary of the ADA, but also the 75th observance of NDEAM. Both milestones are being commemorated with a range of events and activities centered on the theme “Increasing Access and Opportunity.”

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. Disability Network will be sharing more information about disability employment issues on Facebook throughout the month and we are hosting the movie Bottom Dollars online as part of our October Community Education lineup (see separate article for Community Education schedule).