National Disability Employment Awareness Month


2021 National disability employment awareness month

 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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The theme for 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.”

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual awareness campaign that is held each October.  The annual commemoration raises awareness about disability employment issues, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

As ODEP celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021, it encourages all types of employers and community organizations, advocacy groups and schools to participate.

The history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 


The Division of Equity and Inclusion is committed to providing support to faculty, staff, students and community members with disabilities.

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