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October 1 Marks the Start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 1, 2013

October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) kicked off today with the 2013 “Because We Are All Equal to the Task” Campaign.

NDEAM has been an October event for more than 70 years. In 1945, Congress dedicated the first week of October to focus on employing people with disabilities. The initiative, led nationally by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), now spans an entire month.

Employment is an important key to overall financial stability for the more than 54 million Americans with disabilities.  With a labor participation rate of 20.5 percent for people with disabilities as compared to 69.1 percent for people without disabilities, new pathways must continue to be identified for jobseekers with disabilities, workforce professionals, employers and policymakers.

The LEAD Center is committed to continued work with public and private partners to advance individual and systems-level change to improve employment and economic self-sufficiency for all people across the spectrum of disability. Check our website and social media platforms throughout the month of October for information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Below please find additional resources and information on NDEAM: