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Expect – Employ – Empower – Celebrate TN Employees with Disabilities in October!

because mentorHeld each October since 1945, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Designed to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many contributions of America’s workers with disabilities, the theme for October 2014 is “Expect. Employ.  Empower.” 

We all have a role to play in — and benefit to gain from — increasing opportunities for meaningful employment for people with disabilities. This year’s theme encapsulates this in three powerful words. It conveys that advancing disability employment is about much more than just hiring. It’s about creating a continuum of inclusion. And the first step on this continuum is expectation,”
Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy

Organizations across the country join in this month’s national campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. ODEP provides a wealth of resources and ideas for those wishing to support this campaign – this month and throughout the year.

The Center for Literacy, Education and Employment is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Our Corporate Connections representatives, in conjunction with the Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services, are organizing and supporting activities across the state, including:

  • Disability Mentoring
  • Awards and Recognition for employers and employees
  • Community Awareness events
  • Employer Outreach & Education presentations



For more information about NDEAM events and opportunities in Tennessee, visit Tennessee Works or contact: Stephanie Cowherd

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