October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This effort to educate the public about issues around disability and employment actually began in 1945 as a weeklong event, but eventually Congress extended it to a full month. For many companies, disability outreach is an ongoing initiative and employers are taking more proactive steps around reviewing policies, establishing employee resource groups, community outreach and training. To help educate companies and share great resources, DirectEmployers Association is participating and hosting many events this month including:

10/16: Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair
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10/25: Partnerships that Work: Linking Up to Improve Disability Employment Outcomes
DirectEmployers Annual Meeting & Conference
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10/30-31: Disability Awareness Month Online Webinar Conference
Sessions include:

  • Prepare Now for §503: Hiring Individuals with Disabilities
  • Beyond Compliance to Employer of Choice
  • .JOBS & Reaching a Disability Audience
  • Attracting & Recruiting Individuals with Disabilities: What’s Your Brand?
  • Disability-Inclusive Diversity: Recruiting and Retaining Candidates with Disabilities
  • Diversity Policies and Practices for Promoting Disability Inclusion
  • Maximizing Your Return on Investment for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities
  • Improving Accessibility and Inclusion for Applicants and Employees with Disabilities
  • Can You Spare 30 Seconds? 30-Second Disability Trainings for Employers

Registration details will be announced soon for the online webinar conference on our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages. In the meantime, please email memberservices@directemployers.org for more information.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) designated the official theme for this year as “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?” Check out their official press release and website for some helpful resources. (Members – remember you also have access to some great resources in Pipeline.

So… what will YOU do?

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