National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2013 Begins October
As October approaches, so does the start of the 68th year of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The official theme for Disability Employment Awareness Month 2013 is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.” This year’s theme focuses on how employees with disabilities are equally capable of producing high quality work and achieving great success in the workforce. The reality is that people with disabilities have the experience, education, and drive to be successful in the workforce and this month gives the opportunity to recognize their invaluable contribution. The month also provides the opportunity for employers to reaffirm their commitment to ensure that all people, regardless of ability, have the right to equal employment opportunities.
History of National Disability Employment Awareness Month
This tradition began back in 1945 when President Harry Truman passed Public Law 176 declaring that the first week of October would be known as “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” October of 1945 was just 4 months after the passing of Franklin Roosevelt, who is arguably one of the most famous Americans with a disability, as he was left with an ambulatory disability after a bout with polio. In 1962, the term “physically” was removed from the title, as they wanted the law to be more inclusive of people with many different kinds of disabilities and not just physical disabilities. With the evolution and adoption of people-first language, the title was changed again in 1988 to the current title and extended to last for a month. For a more in-depth history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month check out our blog post: History of National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Resources
The Department of Labor’s Page offers resources on how to promote diversity & inclusion, employment and awareness around NDEAM. The site offers scripted internal communications, press releases, and social media posts to easily circulate content to your employees. The site even includes a free “Because we are EQUAL to the task” poster.
Culture Coach International also offers our “Focus on Ability Timeline,” as a educational tool which is an exploration of how society’s understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities has evolved since the B.C. era. Important people, events, and legislative actions are documented that demonstrates the richness and complexity of the subject. As a stand alone, the timeline is a great educational activity that provides awareness and information as an activity for employees within National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The timeline can also be used as a module within a broader training program on disability awareness or diversity in the workplace.
Please contact us at 617-795-1688 for more information on training, educational tools, and business products that you can incorporate into your efforts to promote National Disability Employment Awareness Month.