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.

NDEAM’s 2022 theme, Disability: Part of the Equity Equation, identifies that “A strong workforce is the sum of many parts, and disability has always been a key part of the equation,” said Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Taryn M. Williams. “People with disabilities make up a wonderfully multifaceted group. By recognizing the full complexion of our community, we can ensure our efforts to achieve disability inclusion are, in fact, truly inclusive.”  Read the full press release.

2022 NDEAM poster - Disability: Part of the Equity Equation

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.

Nearly 50 million Americans have disabilities.

Capitalize on their talents with employment practices that benefit everyone.

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. 

Get Social!

2022 Participation Toolkit

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Web page & toolkit updated on 10-3-2022. 

Be Aware & Share

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

Use Hashtags

#NDEAM  |  #NDEAM2022  |  #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, news & more!

At Home - or - At the Office

Jeans Day! Ask your employer to consider supporting your office or team wearing jeans one day a week in October for a small donation ($1-5 weekly) to an organization that supports disability employment.

Start a conversation about acceptance and inclusion of individuals with disabilities into your 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

Links, News & Resources

2022's Best & Worst Cities for People with Disabilities

Omaha, Nebraska ranks 24 out of 180 most populated cities across 34 key indicators of disability-friendliness. Read the article and interact with the map below.

Source: WalletHub


Celebrate Local Inclusive Hiring

The employers below know the value of hiring people 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.

Explore Local Programs

National Resources

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 be world leaders in transforming the lives of all individuals with disabilities and complex health care needs, their families and the community 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
Nicole Hackendahl | Digital Media Manager, Community Engagement | Email