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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020


October 1, 2020 12:00am

Location: Arkansas and Nationwide


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)!

Celebrating Disability Inclusion for 75 Years:  With continued commitment to a diverse and competitive American labor force, the 2020 NDEAM theme is “Increasing Access and Opportunity.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

In 2020, we are celebrating 75 years of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and reminding people of the importance of increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

On the national level, the US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is recognizing that this year marks not only the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Both milestones are being commemorated with a range of events and activities centered on the theme “Increasing Access and Opportunity”.

Employers and Hiring Managers: NDEAM is a great time to start practicing inclusive hiring! Here are some resources to help you understand related issues and implement steps to foster a disability-inclusive workplace:

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)

ODEP website

National Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE)

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services

Arkansas Association of People Supporting Employment First (AR APSE)

Arkansas Employment First

The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas believes that all Arkansans should have the opportunity for competitive, integrated employment.

What does competitive, integrated employment mean?
Competitive, integrated employment means a full-time or part-time job (with or without supports) in the competitive labor force, in a physically/functionally/socially integrated setting, paying at least minimum wage but not less than the customary wage for the same or similar work performed by workers without a disability, and offering a level of employer-paid benefits that are the same or similar as offered to workers without a disability.

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