October is a historic month dedicated to advancing the employment and inclusion of people with disabilities in the US workforce. Designated by Congress in 1945, this month long campaign highlights the contributions of employees with disabilities while promoting disability awareness and fostering a more inclusive workplace. Each year the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) sets a theme and leads the celebrations and observances held across the nation. Employers of all sizes and industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM by holding special events to educate all employees about the talents and value of people with disabilities in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
This year’s theme, “Expect. Employ. Empower.” reflects the rea