October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is to educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of workers with disabilities.
Held annually, 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 country every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.
“Disability Network Southwest Michigan is proud to take part in National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Joel Cooper, President and CEO of Disability Network Southwest Michigan. “We want to spread the important message that people with disabilities provide a valuable contribution in the workforce and throughout our community.”
Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in NDEAM and ways they can promote its messages—during October and throughout the year—by visiting the NDEAM’s website. Suggestions range from something as simple as putting up a poster to implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce—one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities every day of every month!
Disability Network holds Disability Disclosure Workshops
Throughout Southwest Michigan
To celebrate NDEAM, Disability Network Southwest Michigan is conducting free disability disclosure workshops throughout Southwest Michigan during the month of October. The workshops are designed to inform employees with disabilities about their rights regarding disclosing their disability to an employer and requesting accommodations.
You will find a schedule of disability disclosure workshops inside this newsletter. Choose the date and location that works best for you and contact us to register. Click here for more information about the Disability & Employment workshops.
These workshops are just one example of how our Advocacy & Community Education team support the Disability Rights Movement in Southwest Michigan.
Investing in Disability
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