Welcome to October and welcome to National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)! NDEAM is a great opportunity to raise awareness about workers with disabilities while spotlighting and celebrating the amazing stories of success we’re lucky enough to see every day here at Goodwill.

Led by the U.S. Department of Labor, this year’s NDEAM theme is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?” Here, from their official site, is more information on just what that theme means and how you, too, can get involved, give back, and bring even greater opportunities to those living and working with disabilities:

NDEAM’s roots go back to 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.” Upon its establishment in 2001, ODEP assumed responsibility for NDEAM and has worked to expand its reach and scope ever since…

To get NDEAM resources or learn more about how your organization can participate, please select one of the following:

Here at Goodwill, we’re celebrating NDEAM with a special series of NDEAM Goodwill Sales this week to say thank you to our supporters. Your purchases and donations fund our programs, allowing us to provide job training and employment opportunities to New York and New Jersey locals with disabilities.

Thank you for all that you do and stay tuned for more info on upcoming GoodwillNyNj events!

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