October is known for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But did you know that October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month? National Disability Employment Awareness Month (known as NDEAM) is a time to recognize and celebrate what people of all abilities have to offer in the workforce.
75th Anniversary of Employing People of All Abilities
This year marks not only the 75th observance of NDEAM. It got its start in 1945 with a goal to work toward an inclusive workforce for all Americans ever since. Summit DD believes it is important to keep this goal moving forward. We believe that workplace opportunities for people with disabilities ensures a diverse workforce and helps strengthen communities – now and into the future. That’s why Summit DD, along with our community partners, is helping to create employment opportunities for people of all abilities.
Celebrating the Direct Care Professionals
As part of NDEAM this year, we want to also highlight all the Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). These caring professionals make it possible for people with disabilities to work in the community, live independently and engage in their communities. Thanks to their hard work, people with disabilities gain, practice and retain the job skills they need to be successful in the workforce. This year presented new and different challenges. DSPs met and overcame each one in order to help people continue to move forward. Summit DD celebrates you. Thank you for your dedication.
This October, join us in celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month and thanking all of the Direct Support Professionals. Together, let’s build better workplaces for everyone!
Read and share stories about collaboratives that strengthen our community, people taking steps toward career goals and those who are already making a difference in the workforce:
- Maintaining Momentum for Students with Disabilities During the Pandemic
- Scott’s Story: 30 Years of Dedication at Acme
- The Summit County Employment Collaborative
- Youth Transition Program
- Marci’s Story: Running Down a Dream
- Mikayla: From ASPIRE to Hire
- My Summit DD: Jessica
- Teams: Supporting Success
- Symphonie’s Story
- TANF Summer work program for teens with disabilities
YOU can Make a Difference
What can you do to help create opportunities for people with disabilities? Talk to your employer about creating internship opportunities or filling open positions with people of all abilities. After that, let us help. Contact us about internship or employment needs at your organization. We can connect you to a network of job seekers who may be a perfect fit for your employment needs.