The entire month of October, National Disability Institute (NDI) will join countless nonprofits, organizations, all levels of government, and individuals with disabilities, their family and friends, as well as disability advocates raising awareness about disability employment issues and recognizing the significant contributions of American workers with disabilities.
From its humble beginnings nearly seventy years ago, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) has grown exponentially over the course of the last decade and a half as a result of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and its promotion of this important initiative.
Here at NDI, we stand committed to ensuring Americans with disabilities have the opportunity to pursue meaningful, competitive and integrated employment options. Through the work of our LEAD Center - known formally as the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities - we are working tirelessly to advance individual and systems level change to improve employment and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for all people across the spectrum of disability.
Since our founding in 2005, NDI has been leading the charge to increase the financial capacity and capability of the entire disability community. As such, we understand and recognize the importance work has on an individual’s financial health.
In that spirit, we add our name to the chorus of organizations and people supporting NDEAM and this year’s theme of “Expect. Employ. Empower.” Once we “expect” people with disabilities are ready and willing to work, more businesses will “employ” a greater number of persons with disabilities; thus, “empowering” and improving the lives of numerous people for years to come.
During NDEAM, please be sure to check NDI’s Facebook, Twitter (@RealEconImpact), blog and website often, as we will be providing numerous updates, resources and tools. Additionally, you may find it helpful to check out ODEP’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month webpage. Finally, to join in the conversation online, use and search for the hashtag: #NDEAM.