October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).  NDEAM’s roots go back to 1945, when 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 what it is today.  This year’s theme is “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.”

The third largest market segments in the United States are people with disabilities.  One of the best ways to tap into the disability market is to ensure that it is represented into a company’s workforce.  Employees with disabilities can help business understand and meet the needs of this important and expanding customer base.  By identifying, adopting, and refine effective and meaningful employment practices that welcome people with disabilities, you too can benefit from having a vibrant, diverse workforce. (Business Strategies that Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion.  (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment)

During the month of October, Freedom Friday will highlight “Business Strategies that Work.”

You can read the entire report at:

http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/BusinessStrategiesThatWork.pdf