Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Diversity Speakers: Gary Guller NDEAM

October 2009: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

ANSWER: Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The Office of Disability Employment Policy has the lead in planning NDEAM activities and materials to increase the public's awareness of the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities. Various programs carried out throughout the month also highlight the specific employment barriers that still need to be addressed and removed.
This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month."Reference: U.S. Dept. of Labor - Office of Disability Employment Policy
October is one of Gary's busiest months, so advanced reservations are encouraged. Below are examples of presentational topics.
Training: Interacting with People with Disabilities
Specialized training on how to effectively interact with people with disabilities. Tips on communication, respecting space, wheelchairs, service animals and other unique issues. Successfully presented to attorneys, criminal investigators, hotel employees and front-line personnel. People with disabilities represent an increasing market segment and successful interactions have proven to benefit our clients.

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