October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which celebrates the many contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. With this year’s theme – “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion” – the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy is dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Work Without Limits, an initiative of the Commonwealth Medicine division of UMass Chan Medical School, is marking NDEAM by offering organizations a complimentary webinar to support them in creating a more disability-inclusive workplace and increasing their employment of people with disabilities.
“Businesses are building and enriching their workforces in the wake of the pandemic – what better moment to learn best practices in recruiting and retaining people with disabilities and gaining the advantages that come with employing these creative, industrious, and well-rounded people,” said Kathleen A. Petkauskos, director of Work Without Limits.
“People with disabilities have life experiences that can help them succeed in today’s labor market, and these experiences can benefit any workplace,” Petkauskos stated.
Research shows that organizations embracing methods to employ and support people with disabilities in their workforce outperformed their peers with tangible, financial benefits.* And all their employees can realize an increased sense of belonging, engagement, and satisfaction that comes from working in an organization with a diverse and inclusive culture, noted Ms. Petkauskos.
Learn more about Work Without Limits and key steps to become an Employer of Choice for people with disabilities on Wednesday, October 20 from 12 to 1 pm EST or Thursday, October 21, from 9 to 10 am EST. Find out more about the program and how to register. The webinar is designed for senior-level leaders in Human Resources, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition, and other senior roles in all industries.
*Resource: Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage