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Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In October, Americans observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month by paying tribute to the accomplishments of the men and women with disabilities whose work helps keep the nation’s economy strong and by reaffirming their commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all citizens.

This effort to educate the public about the issues related to disability and employment began in 1945, when Congress enacted Public Law 176, declaring the first week of October each year as 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. Some 25 years later, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

About the 2022 Theme

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the theme for 2022 National Disability Employment Awareness Month is "Disability: Part of the Equity Equation."

The poster shows a black chalkboard background overlaid with mathematical equations. It features the 2022 NDEAM theme, (Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,) along with an equation composed of several graphics: a circular photo of a woman in a wheelchair working at a computer with colleagues, followed by a plus sign, followed by a square image of a woman who uses crutches viewing a document with a colleague, followed by an equal sign, followed by a light bulb icon. Across the top are the words National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022 poster

For additional details visit the Office of Disability Employment Policy Website.

Executive and Legislative Documents

Signed into law by Pres. George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.

Full text of the law