Making Sure #InclusionWorks in Your Workplace

Every October, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) leads the observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a nationwide campaign celebrating the skills and talents that workers with disabilities bring to our workplaces. In the past, we discussed reasonable accommodations, focused on empowering entrepreneurship, highlighted resources from the Spanish-speaking community, and looked at the wide array of employment research from the NIDILRR community and elsewhere. This month, we’re focusing on resources for employers, hiring managers, and human resources specialists to help them create and sustain an inclusive workplace.

First and foremost is the ADA National Network. Ten regional centers offer information, training, and technical assistance to employers and employees on their rights and responsibilities under the ADA. Find your local center or just call 800/949-4232 to speak with a specialist.The ADA National Network Centers also offer regular webinars on a wide range of topics such as Top Reasons to Hire an Applicant with a Disability (Oct 5th) and Hot Topics in Reasonable Accommodations (Oct 27).

Many individual NIDILRR-funded projects focus on improving employment outcomes for people across the disability and age spectrum, from young people with autism to older workers aging with and into disability. Here are some of the resources they’ve developed to help employers to support their employees with disabilities:

In addition to these, we cannot say enough great things about the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Browse their A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations Library, search the Accommodations Database, or call one of their very helpful information specialists!

Curious about research in this area? Take a look at research on employers, hiring, and human resources from the NIDILRR community, as well as US and International research on the topic, available from our collection!

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