Meaningful Moments sarah October 5, 2022

Meaningful Moments


By Leah Alexander

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) takes place each October. It celebrates the many contributions of Americans with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Disability: Part of the Equity

NDEAM also educates the public about disability employment issues. Its history began in 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” In 1962, Physically Handicapped was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of people with all types of disabilities.

In 1988, Congress extended the recognition from a week to a month and changed the name to National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

The poster is rectangular in shape with a black colored chalkboard background overlaid with mathematical equations. In the center of the poster, on a diagonal, is a black rectangle bordered by small teal, yellow and red rectangles. It features the 2022 NDEAM theme, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation,” along with an equation composed of several graphics: a circular photo of a woman in a wheelchair working at a computer with colleagues, followed by a plus sign, followed by a square image of a woman who uses crutches viewing a document with a colleague, followed by an equal sign, followed by a light bulb icon. Across the top of the rectangle in small, white letters are the words National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Along the bottom in small white letters is the hashtag “NDEAM” followed by ODEP’s website address, In the lower right corner in white lettering is the DOL seal followed by the words “Office of Disability Employment Policy United States Department of Labor.”