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“It’s Not Over In October:” Advancing Disability Inclusion Throughout the Year

by Daniel Parker, RDPFS Intern

Last Monday marked the conclusion of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), but by no means is its theme going away. On October 28, 2022, Renee Tajudeen, Supervisory Program Manager for the Policy Communications Outreach Division of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), published a blog titled “Advancing Disability Inclusion All Year Round.” In addition to discussing major NDEAM events and accomplishments, this post mentions various ways that any organization can keep the focus on “disability, part of the equity equation” no matter the month. Highlights include meeting with your organization’s disability employee resource group or setting one up if it does not already exist, volunteering with organizations that prepare people with disabilities for work, and implementing disability training as a core element of onboarding. Tajudeen also links to another DOL page with more suggestions Year-Round Employer Strategies for Advancing Disability Inclusion.