In 1988, the U.S. Department of Labor designated October as a month to create awareness for the struggle Americans with disabilities have when seeking employment. The purpose is to educate about disability employment issues and bridge the gap between employers with inclusive work environments and those lacking inclusion.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is also designed to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. NDEAM offers practical tools and educational resources for employers with concerns about hiring and accommodating qualified workers with disabilities. The Department of Labor uses digital forums like the job accommodation network (www.askjan.org) to help answer some specific questions that employers might have about creating a more inclusive workplace.
In the more than 12 years working at Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, I've found that if an employer can be given the opportunity to see the minimal costs involved in accommodating qualified people with disabilities, they are swayed in favor of inclusion.
Online resources such as the Job Accommodation Network allow employers to input the names of disabilities and receive estimates on how much money would be required to provide reasonable accommodations for a worker with that disability. Also available through this resource are updated tax credit information and a return-on-investment calculator, to aid employers in confidently making the decision to widen the playing field for qualified job seekers with disabilities.
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