National Disability Awareness Month

2015 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Poster

2015 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Poster

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with this year’s theme being “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.  NDEAM’s roots go back to the 1940s when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year focused on the employment of persons with physical disabilities.  In the early 1960s, the focus was expanded to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. Finally, in 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month with the current name of “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.”

Mississippi Partnerships for Employment (MSPE) is proud to announce its participation in NDEAM.  Throughout the month, MSPE members will be engaging in a variety of activities to educate and encourage others to participate in active recruitment of persons with disabilities, as well as consider how they might provide internships for others to gain necessary work experience for future job opportunities.

What can you do?

  • Get involved with the MSPE Project
  • Consider having a National Disability Mentoring Day in your organization/agency – see the 2012 USM Event Article
  • Review and share Resources
  • Print and share the NDEAM Handout(pdf)
  • Like the new MSPE Facebook Page
  • Listen to the statewide Audio Public Service Announcement(mp3)
    Transcript: People with disabilities are an untapped resource for Mississippi employers.   Many possess the education, work experience, and desire that can make a difference in your businesses’ bottom line. Studies show that employees with disabilities can have productivity rates the same or higher than those without disabilities.  Learn how hiring people with disabilities can enhance your business at the Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities website MSCDD.ORG.  It’s what people Can do that matters.
  • Order or download posters:

2015 NDEAM Poster

 My Disability is one part of who I am Poster Series

Reagan’s Story

Taylor’s Story

Tony’s Story

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