Image of diverse group of people with disabilities with text that reads, "My disability is ONE PART of who I am."Did you know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that celebrates the contributions of America's workers with disabilities, past and present. This year's theme is "My Disability Is One Part Of Who I Am." Join Ticket to Work in promoting the value and talent of people with disabilities.

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5 Ways to Support National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Oct 8, 2015

Image of diverse group of people with disabilities with text that reads, "My disability is ONE PART of who I am."

 

Did you know October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)?

NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that celebrates the contributions of America's workers with disabilities, past and present. The observance is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observance activities held by local groups and people like you across the country. Employers of all sizes and industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

This year's theme is "My Disability Is One Part Of Who I Am." Join Ticket to Work in promoting the value and talent that people with disabilities add to our workplaces and communities! Here are five ways you can get involved:

1. Spread the word about National Disability Employment Awareness Month on social media.

Share these pre-written messages with your friends and followers online to spread the word about the NDEAM - a person's disability is just one part of who they are.

2. Use hashtag #WhoIAmPSA to share what makes you who you are.

Smart employers understand the value of an inclusive workplace that welcomes all of them - openly, without fear or worry of discrimination. That's because your distinct skills add value. As a part of NDEAM, the Department of Labor and Campaign for Disability Employment encourages you to share what makes you who you are using the hashtag: #WhoIAmPSA.

We all have many different sides to ourselves. How do you describe yourself to others? For ideas, learn more about the Campaign for Disability Employment or download their PSA here.

3. Tell us what you can do!

What are your job skills and talents? Your story will increase employers' awareness of the talents and skills that people with disabilities contribute to the workplace and help challenge misunderstandings about disability and employment.

Post your job skills and talents here.

4. Read and share Ticket to Work Success Stories.

The Ticket to Work program provides employment services for Social Security disability beneficiaries age 18 through 64 who want to work. The program is free and voluntary.

Do you know someone who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits and wants to work? Read and share these Success Stories to learn how people receiving disability benefits from Social Security are finding employment with help from the Ticket to Work program.    

5. Participate in Disability Mentoring Day.

Mentoring can provide you with advice and guidance about working, and can help you grow your network. Disability Mentoring Day promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships. Email DMD@aapd.com to find a mentor near you.

 

Help us create a culture of inclusion by getting involved. If you have your own ideas on how to celebrate NDEAM, share them below!