National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Work and Family Month.  October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  In 1988, Congress expanded what previously was National Employ the Handicapped Week, which was first initiated in 1945, and later renamed in 1962.  Department of Labor (DOL), Secretary Chao reminds citizens that the DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), “leads the nation’s activities and produces materials to increase the public’s awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities.”  The ODEP’s website is a fantastic reference point for employers with links to a number of resources for a variety of employment-related disability needs. This is a great opportunity to take a look at our own internal practices and reevaluate what our organizations are doing to eradicate the workplace of false perceptions about persons with disabilities.

Need a refresher in the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)?  See our prior posts in the HR Summer School Series, ADA 101, which covers the basics of the ADA.