By Lakshmi Mahadevan, Ph.D.
This month we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) to mark the important roles employees with disabilities and employers play in maintaining a productive, diverse and inclusive workforce. According to the Department of Labor, the theme for this year’s NDEAM is “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.”
If you are an employer providing employment for individuals with disabilities, what should you do to mark employment awareness month?
- Learn about ways to participate in NDEAM. Resource: Department of Labor
- Plan for supported employment. Resource: SAMHSA Supported Employment
- Provide job and disability-appropriate accommodations. Resource: Job Accommodation Network – Information by Role
If you are an individual with a disability seeking potential employment, what should you do to mark employment awareness month? Check out these basic tips and resources below.
- Research “job search tips and skills” on the internet and make note of what might work for you. Resource: How to Build Your Professional Skills
- Build your resume – recall, record, and list chronologically starting with the most recent – all work and education-related experiences. Resource: Best Resume Skills
- Identify former teachers and employers who could serve as your references. Resource: How to Build Your Reference List
- Watch videos of job interviews and learn what your best interviewing style might look like. Resource: Interview Warmup
- Look up jobs and related technical knowledge on helpful sites. Resource: O*NET OnLine
- Seek out sources for independent living support. Resource: Centers for Independent Living
- Practice requesting accommodations you might need as an employee. Resource: Job Accommodation Network
- Look for jobs on sites that specialize in hiring individuals with disabilities. Resource: ability JOBS
- Evaluate your person-centered plan with a focus on job seeking. Resource: A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers
- Work on your social and emotional resilience. Resource: Resilience: Build Skills to Endure Hardshipand Building Resilience as an Employability Skill