National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of the skills and talents of people with disabilities.
Reflecting the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success, the 2017 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”
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.
Programs that DEI supported in 2016-17 included:
- JSMA exhibit features women of different cultures and abilities
- Campus workshop will focus on improving disability inclusion
- Delegation from Pakistan visits UO to discuss disability policy
- Accessible Education Center
- Accessibility Student Union
- Disability Studies Initiative
- Disability Accommodation Procedures
- Faculty and Staff Support