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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month Back to news
Friday, October 01, 2010

Congress designates each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 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." 

For more information on NDEAM Activities and Initiatives and to read a message from Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, visit the US Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) website.