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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Date/Time (Multi-Day Event)
10/01/2022 (All Day)
National Disability Employment Awareness Month is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America's workplaces and societies.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America's workplaces and societies. Originally founded as a week-long celebration in 1945, by 1988 the United States Congress expanded commemorations across the entire month. Although great strides have been made through federal and state legislation to protect the rights of those with disabilities, there still exists a wide disparity in employment rates and to accessibility in the workplace. Last year, 19.1 percent of people with a disability were employed. Although this is a slight increase from 2020, statistics from the Bureau of Labor reveled that people with disabilities were much less likely to be employed than those without a disability.

Today, one in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some are visible, while others are less apparent. This year's theme "Disability: Part of the Equity Equation" reminds us that accessibility in the workplace is about people. It is being able to identify and respond to the ways the design of our content interfaces, and environments might impede someone's ability to access, understand, or interact fully and productively. Accessibility is identifying and responding to conditions of in-access and providing equitable opportunity for all regardless of a person's abilities or circumstances.

At ODU, we believe that all people should be given the opportunity to participate fully within the social and economic life of their communities and to engage in diverse and inclusive workplaces. The University has made efforts to increase and sustain their own community by Establishing the Employees with Disabilities Association, an employee resource group for faculty and staff organized to promote "greater involvement and representation of employees with disabilities" across the campus. ODU has also collaborated with the City of Norfolk and the Department of Defense to implement Hire Vets Now Fellowship program designed to link transitioning service members with civilian training and industry partners. Finally, the Office of Educational Accessibility works tirelessly to ensure the most effective use of online tools and resources for every employee and student with identifiable disabilities and impairments who might need accommodations.

As we recognize the month of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we call attention to the Monarch community to participate in celebration. Please visit our 21 Days of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice below for additional resources.

21 Days of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  1. Disability History: An Important Part of America's Heritage
  2. What is Disability Pride and How to Display it
  3. Timeline of Disability Rights in the United States
  4. Glossary of Disability-Related Terms
  5. How Much Do We Know About Intellectual Disabilities
  6. Ableism 101: What It Is, What It Looks Like, and What We Can Do to Fix It
  7. Social Model of Disability
  8. A Guide to Allyship
  9. The Heumann Perspective: Going Beyond Accommodations with Kathy Martinez
  10. 5 Steps to Becoming an Advocate
  11. Disability History Museum
  12. Understanding the Policing of Black, Disabled Bodies
  13. Disability Etiquette
  14. Disability Visibility: Policy
  15. Disability Resources: Books and e-books
  16. Power Not Pity: Podcasting for Disability Justice
  17. Person-First Vs. Identity-First Language
  18. A Look Back at the ADA
  19. Respect Ability: Webinars on Accessibility and Etiquette, Employment, Advocacy and More
  20. How One Mother's Battle is Changing Police Training on Disabilities
  21. Sexuality and Disability: Forging Identity in a World That Leaves You Out

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