Michael Alston, Director
Office of Equity and Diversity
910 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
October is NDEAM:
National Disability Employment
The Office of Equity and Diversity and the ADA Advisory Committee, would like acknowledge that UTHSC takes pride in fostering equal access and fair opportunity in the workforce, by capitalizing on the talent, skills, and rich diversity of all of employees. Therefore, we would like to recognize National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by bringing disability awareness to the UTHSC campus.
What is NDEAM?
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is recognized nationwide each October, by the U.S. Department of Labor. This has been accomplished, by assisting employer and advocacy groups, to plan events that educate the public and highlight the skilled abilities of job seekers and working Americans who have disabilities.
In an effort to integrate disability awareness in the workplace, Congress enacted a law, declaring the first week of October "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week" in 1945. 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."
- Tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 25, 2013 time TBA: Disability Obstacle Course in the Madison Plaza.