National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month began in 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week of October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week". In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month".
This year's theme is: "Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities: Return on investment means hiring the right talent."
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