The theme for 2022 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is “Disability: A part of the Equity Equation”. This theme recognizes the important, but often forgotten role that people with disabilities play on our diverse team and among our customer population. The goal of this month is to celebrate contributions of America’s workers and showcase support and inclusive practices, policies and behaviors for colleagues who are members of the disabled community. Established in 1998, NDEAM highlights the benefits of fostering a work environment that is flexible and open to the talents of all qualified individuals – including those with disabilities.
Although 61 million adults in the US live with a disability (encompassing all races, classes, and cultures), many people are unaware of the history of the disability movement. You can click on this link to get an overview of disability history and resources to enhance your awareness: Disability History: An Important Part of America’s Heritage.
Having various ability challenges is only a small part of what makes a disabled person who they are. Watch the “Who I Am” public service announcement to see how several individuals explain how they are the sum total of their full life experience.
We are uniquely positioned to help school leaders instill the expectation of employment in young people with disabilities. The “Because” public service announcement reinforces the importance of this message.