October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to increase awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities, identify barriers that may prevent employers from doing so, and provide resources to help employers overcome those barriers. This month-long celebration was first observed in 1945 when President Harry Truman issued a proclamation and Congress approved it, 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 people with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress later expanded the first week of October to the entire month and changed the name to National Disability Awareness Month.  

This year, the 2022 National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme is Disability: Part of the Equity Equation because “A strong workforce is the sum of many parts, and disability has always been a key part of the equation.”  

Disability: Part of the Equity Equation

This page was last updated on October 11, 2022