Office for the Aging


October: Celebrate the Contributions of the Working Disabled

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is to educate businesses and the public at large about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

"Persons of all ages with disabilities have the right to seek and find meaningful employment opportunities," said Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the New York State Office for the Aging. "Employing persons with disabilities in a variety of jobs and professions strengthens us as a community, as a state and as a nation through diversity or the workforce and counting as assets, the experiences and talents of all its citizens."

For specific ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit the ODEP website.(External Link) Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster,(External Link) 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.

Did You Know?
The New York State Office for the Aging's Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) helps job seekers improve their skills, obtain training, and find job offers. Information and assistance for those 55 years and older seeking jobs is available on the SCSEP section of the NYSOFA website.