DHS is proud to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Each October, we celebrate the varied contributions and accomplishments of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is, “Inclusion Drives Innovation.”
During the announcement of this year’s theme, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta stated, “Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs. Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”
At DHS we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce, embracing the talents of individuals with disabilities. We offer trainings for managers on hiring, retaining, and advancing employees with disabilities; promote information about reasonable accommodations and resources available to employees; hire through the Schedule A appointing authority; participate in the Department of Labor’s Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), which connects federal employers with highly motivated students and recent college graduates with disabilities; and participate in the Department of Defense’s Operation Warfighter to provide opportunities for wounded, ill, and injured service members.
Throughout the month of October, DHS will engage in a variety of activities to educate our workforce on disability employment issues. These activities include a department-wide NDEAM event on Oct. 12 that will be held at the Transportation Security Administration’s headquarters building in Arlington, Virginia. The program includes morning and afternoon workshops and a keynote address. Exhibitors will also be onsite. Click here for more information about the event.
We encourage you to participate in department-sponsored NDEAM activities throughout the month of October. To learn more about how to participate in NDEAM events and discover ways you can promote its messages—during October and throughout the year—please visit www.dol.gov/ndeam.