This week kicks off National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. 2018's NDEAM theme is "America's Workforce: Empowering All."
In the White House's National Disability Employment Awareness Month proclamation, President Donald Trump celebrated increases in the employment rate for people with disabilities and highlighted efforts across the federal government to promote disability employment. He added that the Administration "will continue these efforts, and renews its commitment to creating more opportunities for Americans with disabilities who want to provide for themselves and their families and contribute to their communities by participating in the workforce."
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has a variety of resources to help you be a part of NDEAM, including:
- A 31 days of NDEAM slide show full of event ideas
- Sample proclamation, press release, and social media content
- Activity ideas for employers, educators and youth-serving professionals, and disability organizations.
In August, ACL led a session on promoting pathways to employment at the Home and Community Based Services Conference. View slides from the presentations on policies, practices, and resources for successful employment outcomes and research findings from key employment studies funded by ACL's National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.
All month, we will be sharing disability employment stories, research, and best practices. Check our NDEAM 2018 page for disability employment resources and the latest from ACL.