October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Check out this post for all things NDEAM 2023! Information will be added throughout the month:
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), so Dickinson's Employment Support Services team & the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) encourage businesses and organizations across the country to participate.
Held annually, NDEAM educates about disability employment topics and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Although national in scope, NDEAM’s true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level. Employers of all sizes and in all industries can take part.
For specific ideas about how your business can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit dol.gov/NDEAM. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more accessible and equitable workforce, one where all people are recognized for their abilities—every day of every month. Please contact Marsha Dippold if your organization is interested in promoting the hiring of disabled individuals.
OCTOBER 2ND, 2023 -- Dickinson Center, Inc., an affiliate of Journey Health System, today announced it is joining the US Dept. of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy ( ODEP ) and the participation in National Disability Employment Awareness Month, an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "Advancing Access and Equity."
The history of NDEAM traces back to 1945, when it started as a week and focused only on people with physical disabilities. Later, it expanded to a full month, and its name and scope evolved to acknowledge the importance of increasing the workforce inclusion of people with all nature of disabilities.
“Our communities and economy are strengthened by the inclusion of all people, including people with disabilities,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn M. Williams. “Their contributions have historically been vital to our nation’s success and are more important today than ever. We must build an accessible, equitable economy that fully includes the talent and drive of those with disabilities.”
Reflecting this year's theme, throughout the month, Dickinson Center will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate its employees and community on disability employment issues and its commitment to an accessible and equitable work culture. These efforts include Facebook posts, recognition of community employers and an awards presentation for the consumer of the year.
"Dickinson Center is proud to be a part of this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month," said Marsha Dippold, director of Employment Support Services. "We want to spread the important message that we value all perspectives, including those of individuals with disabilities."
Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month and ways they can promote its messages—during October and throughout the year—by visiting dol.gov/NDEAM.
Pictured from the left: Joe Daghir, Elk County Commissioner; Michelle Pastore, DCI Employment Specialist; Fritz Lecker, Elk County Commissioner.