National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted October 2012 in Disability by Andrea C. Farney

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), held each October, is a national campaign sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor.  The purpose of the campaign is to increase awareness about disability employment issues.  This year’s theme is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce:  What Can YOU Do?” Many resource materials, including ideas for employers and employees, are available from the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s web site.  Working to make sure employment opportunities are inclusive to individuals with disabilities is a moral and legal imperative.  In 2011, the unemployment rate for persons with a disability was 15%, almost double the figure of 8.7% for those with no disability.  For more statistical information on labor force characteristics of persons with a disability click here. 

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