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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Celebrating Access and Opportunity for 75 Years

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a month-long opportunity to educate the public about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of NDEAM, and it also marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

National Disability Employment Awareness Month: The Continued Importance of Access and Opportunity  


Only 39.6% of individuals with disabilities ages 20-64 in New York State participated in the workforce, compared to 80% of those who do not have a disability. 

These types of figures are why access and opportunity are so crucial for individuals with disabilities in the workforce and why recognizing and supporting the National Disability Employment Awareness Month is essential for all of us in the community.

What can you do to help celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month?

“Everyone has a gift or talent that they can share to make any organization or situation better. When companies partner with non-profit organizations such as the Center for Disability Service, Access and Opportunity will automatically increase for all.” – Greg Sorrentino, President and CEO, Center for Disability Services


If you own or manage a business or organization here are increasing access for individuals with disabilities:

Review your operations

Look for opportunities where they can partner with a local non-profit

Review policies
Make sure your organization conveys a commitment to an inclusive workplace culture.

Train supervisors
Ensure leaders understand their role in fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

Educate employees

Reinforce your organization’s commitment to disability inclusion with disability training and informal educational events, such as brown bag discussions.