Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)
America’s Workforce: Empowering All
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues. It celebrates the talents and contributions of America's workers with disabilities and educates employers on ways to foster a flexible and inclusive workplace.
The NDEAM 2018 theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.”
One important way to “empower all” is to ensure that the workplace technology we create, buy, and implement is accessible to all employees and job seekers, including those with disabilities. In that spirit, PEAT is enthusiastically observing NDEAM and encouraging employers, technology providers and users to do the same. Read on to learn how you can take part in NDEAM—and carry its spirit forward all year long.
#EmpoweringAll Through Accessible Technology
Communicate Your Commitment
Now is your chance to take part in NDEAM 2018 and use it as an opportunity to spotlight the importance of accessible workplace technology practices! To help you plan your outreach strategies, visit the official site to download the official poster in English and Spanish and get ideas for how both employers and employees can participate. And check out this article on Communicating Your Commitment to Accessibility to learn how taking part in NDEAM and other related events throughout the year can help you build a culture of accessibility and inclusion at your organization.
Consider How Apprenticeship Works for Tech
PEAT and its partners are promoting accessibility-focused apprenticeships as a strategy for empowering workers with disabilities while filling crucial job openings in response to the growing accessible technology skills gap. To get started on setting up a registered apprenticeship program, contact PEAT today.
Have you seen PEAT’s new infographic on the Accessible Workplace Technology Ecosystem? It explores the roles and responsibilities that different entities hold in #EmpoweringAll through accessible workplace technology, and can help you explore relationships you can build across these various stakeholder groups to further your organization’s goals.
Train Staff on Why and How to Implement Accessible Tech
NDEAM is the perfect time to host a training for your colleagues on the importance of accessibility with the relevant staff across your organization. The Staff Training tool compiles resources for getting started with training your staff in the accessibility skills relevant to their specific roles, from executives to web developers.