National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2017

National News
Fall 2016
US Office of Disability Employment Policy

Inclusion drives innovation NDEAM 2017 posterCelebrating Disability Inclusion for More than 70 Years

Reflecting the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” 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 the US Department of Labor press release announcing this year’s theme, U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta said, “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs. 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.”

Every October, NDEAM celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to the American workforce.

For more information on the history of NDEAM, planned observances, and materials, visit