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National Disability Employment Awareness Month to be recognized October 25th at City Hall

Graphic of NDEAM handbill

Above is a copy of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month flyer.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
to be recognized October 25th at City Hall

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler will read a proclamation recognizing October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) on the afternoon of October 25th in council chambers in City Hall, 1221 Southwest Fourth Avenue. 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.

At 1 p.m. in the City Hall atrium, prior to the proclamation, there will be refreshments and presentations by city commissioners and disability rights advocates. At 2 pm, the event will move to council chambers where testimony will be taken, and the Mayor will read the proclamation. Other events commemorating the occasion are planned throughout the day.

Reflecting a commitment to a robust and competitive American labor force, the 2018 NDEAM theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." The 2018 theme emerged from discussions with organizations that partner with ODEP, including those representing employers, persons with disabilities and their families, and federal and state government agencies.

Learn more about the origins and evolution of NDEAM and other important events in disability employment history on the Office of Disability Employment Policy website.