October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), where we celebrate the many contributions and achievements of employees with disabilities. This celebration’s history started decades ago 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. Congress later birthed what we know today as the National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
The 2023 NDEAM theme is “Advancing Access and Equity” to honor the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The theme also recognizes the importance of ensuring all people have equal opportunity to contribute their skills and talents.