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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is marked throughout October. Interestingly enough, when the celebration started in 1945, it was called National Employ The Physically Handicapped Week. In 1962, the word ‘physically’ was removed to be more inclusive of the contributions of people with other disabilities.

Why Is It Important?

Public Awareness

One of the reasons why N.D.E.A.M is important is that it highlights the struggles of people with disabilities. This is especially true in the labor market where it may not be as easy for disabled individuals to get jobs.

It creates job opportunities

The National Disability Employment Awareness Month is a great period for people with disabilities to get jobs. Many states organize job fairs that connect people with disabilities and organizations.

It helps individuals with disabilities acquire skills

Several initiatives make this period special for people with disabilities. Some states partner with local health care institutions and community colleges to help individuals with disabilities acquire marketable skills that can help them get jobs.

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