The US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, announced the theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week was established in 1945 by Congress for the first week in October. In 1998 it was renamed National Disability Employment Awareness Month and extended to the entire month of October. In 2001 the Office of Disability Employment Policy took over promoting and maintaining National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The US Department of Labor is one of the main resources where you can learn more about disability history. They also created the “I Can” public service announcement which is a useful tool to help start a discussion about the benefits of fostering a work environment that is flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals, including those with disabilities.