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Disability:IN is Celebrating Disability Employment, Inclusion, and the Future of Work
Multiple activities aim to bring attention to the untapped potential of 1.3 billion people globally with disabilities
ALEXANDRIA, VA. (September 9, 2021) — October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM/NDEAM). As we celebrate disability talent and innovation, we must also build a future that includes 1.3 billion people with disabilities worldwide in the workplace.
From data gathered through this year’s Disability Equality Index, we know that #DisabilityInclusion is becoming a staple of corporate diversification agendas and that disability-inclusive practices have become industry standard.
The future of work must be accessible and inclusive. It must empower people with disabilities to participate meaningfully and fully. Each of us has a role to play in building an inclusive global economy. Join Disability:IN in celebrating #DEAM/#NDEAM 2022:
Disability:IN’s INclusion Challenge
Participate in weekly prompts to spread awareness about #DisabilityEmployment and inclusion on social media:
Week 1 (10/3-9): Share a picture of your Disability ERG.
Week 2 (10/10-16): Fill in the Blank. (“One key takeaway is ____”). Share your takeaways from any of the Disability:IN events or resources.
Week 3 (10/17-23): Share your favorite Disability Inclusion graphic and tell us why you’re IN.
Week 4 (10/24- 30): Tag others to join IN with link to email sign-up form.
Disability Inclusion Posters & Social Graphics
Download these posters and social media graphics to spark conversations and build cultures of inclusion within your workplace.
Mandy Harvey Virtual Concert
Voya Financial, in partnership with Disability:IN, will sponsor the “Mandy Harvey Celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month” with a full band virtual concert to be live-streamed on the week of October 17th. Harvey is the Golden Buzzer winner from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” who happens to be deaf. Featuring performances by guest artists, the concert will include messages from CEOs who are Disability:IN on hiring and supporting people with disabilities. ASL and captions will be available.
Stay tuned for the exact stream time and date!
Tune In for Social Media Takeovers!
Join Disability:IN sall month long for takeovers by NextGen Leaders and Inclusion Works Consultants as they discuss the future of work and offer tools for advancing disability inclusion.
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Disability Equality Index
The 2023 Disability Equality Index, the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for helping companies build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions toward disability inclusion in employment and the workplace, is now open for registration. Learn more and register here.
About Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM)
Disability Employment Awareness Month is held each October to commemorate the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. The history of Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945 when US Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, the word “physically” was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Today the occasion is celebrated around the world.
Disability:IN is the global organization driving disability inclusion and equality in business. More than 400 corporations trust Disability:IN to activate and achieve disability inclusion across their enterprise and in the broader corporate mainstream. Through the world’s most comprehensive disability inclusion benchmarking; best-in-class conferences and programs; and expert counsel and engagement, Disability:IN works with leading businesses to create long-term business and societal impact. Join us at disabilityin.org/AreYouIN #AreYouIN.