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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

La recuperación de los Estados Unidos: Impulsada por la Inclusión - Mes de Concientización Nacional del Empleo de Personas con DiscapacidadesAmerica's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion - National Disability Employment Awareness MonthOctober is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

This year marks the 76th observance of NDEAM and the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

This year's theme “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

31 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act codified the promise of an equal opportunity for everyone who worked hard, and in the years since, Americans with disabilities have reached extraordinary heights. NRCS urges everyone to embrace the talents and skills that individuals with disabilities bring to our workplaces and communities and to promote the right to equal employment opportunity for all people. NDEAM is a time for celebration but it is also a time for action. When it comes to building a workplace inclusive of the skills and talents of people with disabilities, not all employers know where to start. The key lies in fostering a disability-inclusive culture.

US Census Bureau 2018 Statistics re: number of Americans with a disability by Age, Sex and Disability Type[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]

Quick Facts

  • 41.1 million - The number of people in the United States with a disability in 2019, representing 12.7 percent of the civilian non-institutionalized population. People with a disability have a physical or mental impairment that affects one or more major life activities, such as walking, bathing, dressing, eating, preparing meals, doing errands alone or doing housework. A disability can occur at birth or at any point in a person’s life.
  • 7.9 million - The total civilian non-institutionalized population ages 18 to 64 employed with a disability in 2019.
  • 11.5 million - The number of people in 2019 who reported being deaf or having significant difficulty hearing. Among the population age 65 and older, 7.2 million reported being deaf or having significant difficulty hearing.
  • 7.5 million - The number of people in 2019 who had serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses. Among people age 65 and older, 3.2 million had serious difficulty seeing.
  • 20.8 million - The number of people in 2019 who had serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs. Among people age 65 and older, 11.3 million had serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

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Contacts

  • Axel Acevedo, Disability Special Emphasis Program Manager (SEPM), 787-894-1480 x113
  • Michelle Catoni, CRAC Chair, 787-896-3565 x105
  • Human Resources Specialist (Diversity and Recruitment), Diversity and Recruitment Branch, Workforce Management Division, Demitrice Boozer, 301-504-3784