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Kicking Off National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017

October 3, 2017

Every October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) offers an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2017 is "Inclusion Drives Innovation."

Visit ACL's NDEAM 2017 webpage.

The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy has a variety of resources to help you be a part of NDEAM, including:

In the White House's National Disability Employment Awareness Month proclamation, President Donald Trump noted that "many Americans with disabilities struggle to find employment opportunities, despite the wealth of skills they have to offer" and called on employers to "recognize the fresh perspectives and skills these men and women can add to an innovation-focused workforce."

All month, ACL will be sharing disability employment stories, research, and best practices. We'll send updates via e-mail, but you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or check our NDEAM 2017 page to get the information faster.

To kick off the month, we've compiled a list of disability employment resources from ACL and our grantees and partners.

Resources for People with Disabilities and their Families and Friends

  • Centers for Independent Living are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonprofit agencies that provide an array of independent living services, including services that can help with employment.
  • ACL-funded state assistive technology programs provide information on tools and services that can help a person with a disability perform activities that might otherwise be difficult, whether at home or in the workplace.
  • The Job Accommodation Network is an ODEP-funded technical assistance center providing free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.

Resources for Employers

  • Funded by NIDILRR, the ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act. Browse resources for employers or call 800-949-4232.
  • The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace.

Resources for States, Policymakers, and Nonprofits

Last modified on 05/06/2020

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