Inclusion Drives Innovation: Countdown to National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Have you checked the calendar? National Disability Employment Awareness Month — is only a few weeks away, and there’s no better time than now to start planning NDEAM festivities centered around this year’s theme: ‘Inclusion Drives Innovation.’

NDEAM is a nationwide campaign celebrated every October, promoting the skills and talents that workers with disabilities bring to our workplaces. This year’s theme reflects the many ways that inclusion produces results in today’s innovation economy. By hiring and welcoming the perspectives of diverse talent pools — including people with disabilities — businesses amplify their ability to gain fresh insights, creative solutions and big ideas.

This year, businesses in all industries can bring the NDEAM theme to life through events, outreach and educational activities, and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy offers a wide range of ideas for inspiration. For example, businesses can display NDEAM posters (to be available soon), conduct disability awareness training for employees and express support for NDEAM through their social media activities. The possibilities are endless, and materials to help you get started can be found in ODEP’s NDEAM Resource Toolbox.

In the words of U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, “Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens business, increases competition and drives innovation.” This NDEAM, and all year long, employers are encouraged to advance that important message, and capitalize on an inclusive workplace to fuel business success.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Poster Now Available

The official poster for National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017 is now available to order for free in print or electronic copy in English and Spanish from the ODEP website! Show how “Inclusion Drives Innovation” by displaying these colorful and dynamic posters in your business, organization, classroom or wherever you would like to share the message of NDEAM.

Observed each October, NDEAM is a national campaign that celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to America’s workforce. Reflecting the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success, ODEP created this year’s theme with input from a wide variety of its partner organizations, including those representing employers, people with disabilities and their families, and federal, state, and local agencies. ODEP offers a range of resources to help organizations plan NDEAM observances, including not only the official poster in English and Spanish, but also sample articles, a news release, proclamation and social media content These resources can be found on ODEP’s website at