National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Check back in the fall of 2022 for Disability Employment Awareness Month information and events

Watch videos from National Disability Employment Awareness Month here

The theme for 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month was “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.

UO resources:


Deaf Resistance and Affirmation Art: Linocut Prints by David Call 

Where: Special Collections & University Archives, Knight Library
When: September 15 – October 29, 2021, Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm

David Call's artwork underlies a desire to reveal the truth about the oppressive experiences in his own life as a Deaf person and the truth about how Deaf people experience the world. His art promotes a re-framing of how Deaf people are viewed by the dominant culture. For more information: click here


Center of Human Development: Why I Got the Shot Video Series 

The UO CHD is dedicated to research, training, and outreach to support individuals with disabilities, their families and communities. 

This video series showcases real members of the community and their reasons of why they got the COVID-19 vaccine. 



"Who Am I To Stop It?"

A semi-observational documentary film about isolation, art, and transformation after brain injury. Shot in the Pacific Northwest and premiered at the University of Oregon. It was co-directed by a peer with brain injury and  takes you into the hearts of three artists and demonstrates how art can be a bridge back to a sense of self-pride and to the community.