This month’s newsletter is dedicated to individuals in our community who make employment a priority and are empowered by MyGuide to support their success. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a commemoration of the accomplishments of people with disabilities and their commitment to America’s workforce.

Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Organizations of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

History

1945 Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” 

1962 The word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. 

1988 Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”

1990 The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed by President George H. W. Bush.

2001 ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since.

Since then, workplaces across the country have become more inclusive for nearly 40 million people with disabilities. 

How To Get Involved

MPower Me supports workforce inclusivity on a local level. There are 31 days in October and the Office of Disability Employment Policy has put together an entire series to inspire action, called 31 Days of NDEAM. Here are some suggestions about how you can support disability employment: 

  • Hold a Discussion: Encourage an open dialogue about how technology can support disability employment with your employer, employees, students, or community members. It’s always a right time to start talking about bringing more equality to the workplace.
  • Review Company Policies: This is a perfect time to review company policies to make sure there is a commitment to inclusiveness in the workplace, specifically for those who have cognitive support needs, such as time management, self-regulation, and explicit instructions. 
  • Reach Out to Local Media: Help increase awareness and visibility through local TV, radio, and other media sources. You could write a letter to the editor or encourage your favorite local station to run a feature on your favorite organization or an employer who supports workforce inclusivity. Workforce modernization efforts include using technology, such as the MyGuide platform, to support disability employment.
  • Spread the Word: Use social media to share about NDEAM, MPower Me, and other organizations that support disability employment and workforce inclusivity and forward this newsletter to your network. Past issues are available on MPM.care (insert link to blog page) for more information. 

Contact MPower Me: We offer employers and service providers technical assistance on using the MyGuide platform for improved comprehension, decision-making, and self-expression. info@mpm.care

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