”Expect. Employ. Empower.” Disability Employment Awareness Month 2014
The United States observes National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) each October. This national campaign seeks to raise awareness about disability employment issues, as well as to celebrate the American workers with disabilities. The theme for 2014 is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”
Disabled Workers & Employment
The Department of Labor hosted an open dialog with the public about American workers with disabilities, and then discussed and narrowed down the ideas to come up with the 2014 NDEAM theme, The Expect. Employ. Empower.
Kathy Martinez, the assistant secretary of labor for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), explains the E3 theme.
- Expect: The first part of the initiative is expectation, particularly with youth. It’s about creating an atmosphere of expectation and possibilities that starts at home, continues through schools, and then finally into the workplaces.
- Employ: Employers can learn to put flexible work environments for disabled higher on their list of priorities. They can foster “a more disability-inclusive culture.”
- Empower: Empowerment is about ensuring disabled Americans have equal opportunities to contribute their skills and talents to society – both for their benefit and for the community’s.
“Those three words — Expect. Employ. Empower. — clearly convey that advancing disability employment is about more than any singular thing. Rather, it’s about creating a cycle of inclusion,” explains Martinez.
Everyone has a role to play in helping create a culture of inclusion for those who are disabled. To learn more about the NDEAM campaign, you can visit the ODEP’s What Can You Do? campaign website. The site provides helpful info and calls to action for everyone, whether you’re an employer, an adult or youth with disabilities, an educator, or a family member of a disabled love one.
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