National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) October 2017Download the Poster for NDEAM (English) Download the Poster for NDEAM (Español)
What is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)?
Held every October, NDEAM is an opportune time to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. The 2017 NDEAM theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”
“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”
NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. The Campaign for Disability Employment encourages organizations of all sizes and in all industries to participate in NDEAM.
For specific ideas on supporting NDEAM, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities—every day of every month.
Who I Am
The new “Who I Am” PSA features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles — which includes working in jobs they love. To learn more about the Campaign for Disability Employment, go to whatcanyoudocampaign.org.
Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability
To help us measure how well we are doing, we are asking you to tell us if you have a disability or if you ever had a disability. Completing this form is voluntary, but we hope that you will choose to fill it out. If you are applying for a job, any answer you give will be kept private and will not be used against you in any way.
You can update your status on SOLAR or fill out the form and submit it to Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity(email: OIDE@stonybrook.edu).Go to SOLAR to update your disability status Download the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability Form
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- Real-Time Communication Etiquette for Communicating with Customers with Disabilities by Job Accommodation Network [External Link to the document]