History of NDEAM

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The History of NDEAM

In the United States, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a recognized federal initiative celebrated every October, since 1925. On October 9, 2009 President Barack Obama announced that his administration would take several steps to ensure fair and equal access to employment for all, particularly the 54 million Americans living with disabilities. The Obama Administration has gone on to set up a number of government funded programmes to facilitate this initiative. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act has awarded more than $100 billion dollars to various programmes set up for individuals with disabilities.

Through the laws and recent amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the initiatives and national awareness of NDEAM have significantly increased.

USA Initiatives & Websites


Read President Obama's proclamation
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“They [the leaders of this nation] understood this injustice from the depths of their own experience. They also understood that by allowing this injustice to stand, we were depriving our nation and our economy of the full talents and contributions of tens of millions of Americans with disabilities.”

Watch President Barack Obama speak
at the 20th Anniversary of the ADA
Barack Obama, Supports - Hiring Persons With Disabilities