Disability Awareness Month

The United States Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The United States Office of Disability Employment Policy has the lead in planning NDEAM activities and materials to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. Various programs carried out throughout the month also highlight the specific employment barriers that still need to be addressed and removed.

This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 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 "National Disability Employment Awareness Month."

In an effort to help educate the campus and community about Disability Awareness, Grand Valley State University Disability Support Resources office organizes several events and activities during the month of October. Check the October Grand Valley State University Events calendar (https://www.gvsu.edu/events/) for details.