By Taryn Lagonigro
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month! It's a time to raise awareness about the challenges that people with disabilities often face finding equitable employment and to promote inclusivity in the workplace. This month aims to highlight the valuable contributions that individuals with disabilities can make in various industries and emphasizes the importance of equal employment opportunities for all.
We believe that an inclusive workspace, including individuals with disabilities, invites fresh ideas, unique perspectives and a positive impact to team dynamics. These are valuable employees who are no strangers to navigating challenges, advocating for what they believe in and fostering a culture of empathy and understanding.
Celebrating Disability Employment Awareness Month can be done in various ways:
Listen to those in the disability community about the challenges entering or succeeding in the workplace.
Advocate for inclusive hiring practices in your workplace and community.
Understand reasonable accommodations and how they benefit both employees and employers.
Share about companies that have individuals with disabilities working for them successfully.
Elevate voices in the disabled community who are speaking up about equitable employment through social media or local platforms.
Participate in or host events and workshops that focus on disability employment.
Contribute to or volunteer with organizations that assist people with disabilities in finding employment.
Consider mentorship programs that will help disabled individuals grow in their careers.
Have open conversations about disability employment to reduce stigma and misconceptions.
Disability Employment Awareness Month is about fostering a more inclusive and equitable work environment for all, and we h.
Extra Lucky Moms offers corporate programs surrounding employment for individuals with disabilities and their parents or caregivers. You can learn more and download our free Culture of Inclusion Guide here!