OCTOBER IS NATIONAL DISABILITY
EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH
“Because We Are Equal to the Task”
The Office of Equity and Human Rights in conjunction with DEEP is supporting National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by promoting activities to raise awareness of disability employment issues and the varied contributions to America by people with disabilities. Held every October, NDEAM’s 2013 theme is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task." The month’s activities are:
- A proclamation in support of National Disability Awareness Month.
- Lunchtime brownbag showing of “Lives Worth Living,” a vivid and moving documentary about the disability civil rights movement. View the trailer for the film at the Independent Television Service’s website, then plan to attend the film on October 23, from 1 to 2 pm in the Portland Building’s Room C. It will be a free event, also open to the public.
- Announcements of October events and celebrations of interest in the Portland disability community.
- Information on significant historical moments, leaders and events related to October’s theme.
- Quiz concerning disability employment.
[Posted 10/29/2013]:The quiz answers are that all the statements are true, except the second one regarding attendance which is false. Numerous studies have found that workplace accommodations will often, nearly half the time, require no additional cost and that people with disabilities have above average job attendance and job performance. People with disabilities regard the word "handicapped" to be very offensive with its roots in begging with cap in hand and prefer to be known by "People First Language," where they are a person or people with a disability. The final question is indeed true that the FBI did maintain a file on Helen Keller because of her advocacy and activism.