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August 06, 2021

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

ABA Entity Leaders, 

Each October, the ABA Commission on Disability Rights celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion. On behalf of Chair Denise Avant, the Commission invites your entity to join in this celebration and is available to work with you or serve as a resource. Learn about NDEAM. Below are some examples of activities you can engage in. Note: NDEAM activities do not have to end in October but can continue throughout the year to highlight the importance of including disability in your diversity and other endeavors. 

Join the Commission in Celebration by: 

  • Featuring NDEAM in social media activities; include the hashtag #NDEAM 
  • Linking to the Commission’s NDEAM page on your website 
  • Publishing an article in your newsletter or periodical 
  • Hosting a CLE or webinar on disability rights or disability diversity, equity, and inclusion topics 
  • Hosting a Lunch and Learn on disability topics 
  • Inviting persons with disabilities to serve as panelists and authors 
  • Ensuring that your website, digital platforms, virtual and in-person meetings and events, CLEs and webinars, publications, marketing pieces, surveys, reports, PDFs, and all other materials are accessible for persons with disabilities and compatible with the assistive technologies they use (e.g., screen readers)  Providing reasonable accommodations and including a statement about such accommodations in all relevant communications 
  • Collecting voluntary, anonymous disability demographic data from your members 
  • Assigning a liaison to the Commission if you have not done so 
  • Integrating disability into your diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, and setting specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based (SMART) goals 
  • Advocating for and advancing disability diversity, equity, and inclusion all year round 
  • Forming a disability rights and/or disability diversity, equity, and inclusion committee 
  • Integrating persons with disabilities (in terms of legal rights or diversity, equity, and inclusion) in your resolutions where relevant 

Please contact Commission Director Amy Allbright with questions or to collaborate. 

ABA Commission on Disability Rights

ABA Commission on Disability Rights

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