October is Disability Employment Awareness Month! 🗓️ It's a special time to celebrate the incredible contributions of employees with disabilities and to learn more about creating an inclusive workplace. 🌟
Did you know?
This observance started in 1945, initially named "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week" by Congress. 📜
The month aims to bust myths about hiring employees with disabilities. For instance, the idea that accommodations are costly is usually not true! 💡
It's not just about physical disabilities. The focus is on all types of disabilities, including mental and emotional. 🌈
We encourage you to:
Use People-First Language 🗨️: Say "person with a disability," not "disabled person."
Ask, Don't Assume ❓: If you think someone might need help, ask them.
Be Mindful of Accessibility 🚪: Keep spaces clear and accessible.
Make Eye Contact 👀: Speak directly to individuals, not to their companions or interpreters.
Respect Personal Space 🛑: Don't touch wheelchairs or assistive devices without permission.
Be Flexible 🤲: Adapt your communication style as needed.
Be Inclusive 🤗: Include everyone in meetings and events.
Confidentiality is Key 🔒: Keep any disclosed information private.
Listen and Adapt 👂: Be open to suggestions on making the workplace better.
Educate Yourself 📚: The more you know, the more you can be respectful and/or help.
Let's all work together to make our workplace welcoming and inclusive for everyone! 🤝
How to observe Disability Employment Awareness Month at work
Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is observed every October in the United States and Canada. This month-long observance is dedicated to raising awareness about disability employment issues and celebrating the many contributions of workers with disabilities.
Recognizing diverse holidays or days of observance in global teams is crucial as it promotes inclusivity and respect for all team members. It also fosters a sense of belonging and appreciation for diverse experiences and perspectives, which can enhance team cohesion and productivity.
Organize a workshop or seminar on disability awareness and inclusivity in the workplace.
Invite a guest speaker with a disability to share their experiences and insights.
Encourage employees to wear a specific color to show their support for disability employment.
Share success stories of employees with disabilities and their contributions to the company.
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Looking to make Disability Employment Awareness Month impactful in your organization? Contact ChangeEngine today to create a meaningful and inclusive celebration that makes a difference.