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4 Ways to Get Involved with National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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

This year’s NDEAM theme is "Expect. Employ. Empower,” reminding us that every American has a right to dignity, respect, and a fair shot at success in the workplace.

Recognition of NDEAM 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 organizations and communities across the country. Employers of all sizes and industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

If you are looking to help reinforce the value and talent that people with disabilities add to our workplaces and communities, here are four ways you can get involved:

  1. Spread the word on social media.

Check out these pre-written messages that you can share with your friends and followers online to spread awareness.

  1. Share your story through the “Ask me who I am” series.

Join the Campaign for Disability Employment by using the hashtag #WhoIAmPSA to share the diverse factors that make you who you are.

  1. Participate in Disability Mentoring Day.

Connect with a mentor and begin a relationship that can help you explore career paths and meet new people. Email DMD@aapd.com to find a mentor near you.

  1. Tell someone you know about Ticket to Work.

If you know a Social Security disability beneficiary who doesn’t know about Ticket to Work, tell them to visit our website to see how we might be able to help.

Kathy Martinez, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, likes this year’s theme because it signifies that “advancing disability employment is about… creating a cycle of inclusion.”

Help us build that cycle of inclusion by getting involved on one of these four ways. Or, if you have your own ideas on how to celebrate NDEAM, share them below!

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