National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 26, 2020 | Written by: Alexandra Grossi
Categorized: Events | Inclusive Workforce
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This October is the 75th year America has observed National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Like other “awareness months,” NDEAM spotlights a disparity in the workforce—in this case, the lower than average employment rates of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs). NDEAM works to lessen this inequity through workshops, seminars, and online resources. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The United States has made significant progress, thanks to the tireless work of activists and advocates for the disabled community, but unfortunately, we will need to continue to call attention to NDEAM and the ADA until a truly equitable workforce is finally achieved.
The official poster for the 2020 observance of NDEAM.
An inequitable workforce
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), PWDs make up approximately 26% of the adult population in the United States (this is approximately the [...]