October: NDEAM

worker using a wheelchair, wearing a hardhat, uses a wrench to adjust pipes at a plantOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! The campaign is designed to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The seed for NDEAM was planted in 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Learn more about how to participate in NDEAM and ways you can promote its messages — during October and throughout the year — by visiting the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Open Link in a New Window for a wealth of activity ideas, training materials, posters, guides, resources, public service announcements, "drop-in" articles, sample press releases, social media postings, and tweets (along with tips to ensure they are accessible!).