National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an annual campaign that takes place every October promoting disability inclusion.
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ODEN’s annual NDEAM campaign
Each year ODEN leads a campaign for its members to raise disability-inclusive employment awareness. Our annual NDEAM campaign focuses on the many ways disability-inclusive hiring:
- Changes employees’ lives and helps them succeed in the workplace
- Enables businesses to fill required roles from the talent pool of people who have a disability
- Allows businesses to increase productivity, employee engagement and profitability
- Drives cultural change within a business
- Strengthens brand reputation and customer loyalty for many businesses
2021 Campaign Theme:
Engaging Talent in the Disability Inclusion Evolution
Disability often gets left out of the business conversation about diversity and inclusion in the workplace. That is changing. Organizations that understand the power of investing in the talent of skilled people who have a disability, invest in success.
Throughout October, we’ll focus on:
- Why now, more than ever, is the time to start the journey of making disability-inclusive hiring “business as usual” if it isn’t already
- Why it’s important to have a comprehensive hiring strategy that includes disability; and to not lose sight of your strategic inclusion goals amid change
- Key ways businesses can make sure they’re disability-inclusive
- Why disability inclusion needs to be driven from the top down
- How the combination of forces mentioned earlier is changing the nature of work and creating disability-inclusion opportunities
Missed our September 2 “Get Involved” high-level-look webinar about this year’s NDEAM campaign?
Watch it on our YouTube channel
Light It Up! For NDEAM™ recognizes how people who have a disability contribute to businesses and their communities, helping companies be successful and competitive.
For 2021, we’re collaborating with The Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE) and MentorAbility Canada. This joint effort will make this year’s event happen in big cities, small towns and rural communities across Canada.