National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is held each October to recognize the many and varied contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy.

The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

NDEAM 2021 poster America's Recovery Powered by Inclusion

In addition to the disability employment initiatives you’ll find in this toolkit provided by Munroe-Meyer Institute, access the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy’s website to browse additional resources and explore more ways to celebrate NDEAM!

Every day, people with disabilities can and do make important contributions to America’s businesses. They have the drive to succeed in employment, and the skills and talent they need to deliver value and results for their employers.

Learn more about the What can YOU do Campaign for Disability Employment.

2021 Participation Toolkit & Celebration Schedule

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Web page & toolkit updated on 10-1-2021. 

Get Social!

Be Aware & Share

Share a fact, start a conversation, or invite others to support disability employment on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Nextdoor Neighborhood.


Use These Hashtags

#NDEAM  |  #NDEAM2021  |  #DisabilityEmployment  |  #InclusionWorks

Accessibility tip: DidYouKnow that capitalizing the first letter of each word in a hashtag makes it more accessible for people of all abilities? Learn more.


Follow Us  |  October 1-31

Follow MMI on Facebook October 1-31. We'll share education, resources, highlights, news & more!


Update your Photo Frame

Show your support of disability employment and raise awareness in your friend group.

NDEAM 2021 FB photo frame


At Home - or - At the Office

Jeans Day! Ask your employer to consider supporting your office or team wearing jeans each Friday during October to start a conversation about acceptance and inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the workplace.

stock photo: pink faded background with three pairs of canvas tennis shoes propped up against a wall so you can see inside the shoe; text overlay: Jeans Day

Use the NDEAM virtual background for Teams or Zoom meetings! Download the background.

NDEAM virtual background


Celebration Schedule

October 15 (11-11:30 a.m.) CT

Tune in on Facebook @EducationwithanEdge

Education with an Edge Podcast, hosted by Jaquelle Lane, MEd

with Saige Vohs, MRC, CRC – Employment Services Liaison, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at MMI UNMC/Nebraska Medicine Project SEARCH


October 18-22  |  Monday-Friday

Education and Workforce Development at Munroe-Meyer

with Rachel Ray, MA [bio]
Assistant Professor, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at MMI; Program Director, MMI-UNO Trailblazers

Explore Other Local Programs


National Disability Employment Awareness WEEK

October 25-29  |  Monday-Friday

Celebrate Local Inclusive Hiring

The employers below understand the value of hiring individuals with disabilities. An easy way to support disability employment is to support their business! Please note, this is not a complete list of inclusive employers in our area and only includes businesses with whom we have direct and personal knowledge of inclusive hiring.

Disability Employment Awareness Webinars

Brought to you by Nebraska Disability Advocates (20+ collaborating organizations, including the UCEDD at Munroe-Meyer Institute.) CART and ASL will be available. View flyer.

Each date requires a registration. Register.


Disability Employment Links, News & Resources

A Little about Web Accessibility

This is the inclusive practice of ensuring there are no barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to, websites on the World Wide Web by people with physical disabilities, situational disabilities, and socio-economic restrictions on bandwidth and speed. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, generally all users have equal access to information and functionality.

Website accessibility features are the elements of a site designed to improve the ability of people with disabilities to independently use it. Sometimes website include extra options specifically to enhance some people’s use and these are noted by the ‘accessibility icon’ shown, which is a generally a stick person with arms outstretched symbol inside a circle. Learn more.

About the Munroe-Meyer Institute

MMI's mission is to lead the world in transforming the lives of all individuals with disabilities and special health care needs, their families and communities through outreach, engagement, premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care.

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), Education, Research and Service

The Munroe-Meyer Institute UCEDD is directed by Mark Shriver, PhD, BCBA-D [bio].

The Munroe-Meyer Institute was designated as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) in 1968 and maintains that designation today through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Community Living (ACL).

As a UCEDD, MMI is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disability (AUCD), one of 68 programs across the United States and its territories uniquely affiliated with universities, allowing them to serve as liaisons between academia and the community. UCEDDs are independent but interlinked centers, representing an expansive national resource for the promotion of independence, self-determination, productivity, integration, and inclusion of individuals with developmental disabilities and provide supports for families.

The core functions of a UCEDD are to provide pre-service preparation and continuing education, services (including technical assistance, community education, and direct services), research and information dissemination.

Contact Us

Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), UNMC
6902 Pine Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68106

For more information, email MMI's Community Engagement department.

Mark Shriver | Director, UCEDD at Munroe-Meyer Institute | Email
Rachel Ray | Assistant Professor, UCEDD at MMI; Program Director, MMI-UNO Trailblazers | Email
Saige Vohs | Employment Services Liaison, UCEDD at MMI | Email
Nicole Hackendahl | Digital Media Manager, Community Engagement | Email