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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which offers employers an opportunity to communicate their commitment to a workplace welcoming of qualified people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is using this month to raise awareness of disability-related nondiscrimination laws and regulations. “We want to ensure both employees and employers have access to clear and accurate information, through a variety of channels, about protections for applicants and employees with disabilities,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy. “Our easy-to-implement compliance resources are designed to help employers benefit from the many talents that employees with disabilities bring to America’s workforce.” DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has funded the Job Accommodation Network, which helps employers comply with disability nondiscrimination laws by advising about workplace accommodations for people with disabilities. The ODEP-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion also helps employers foster disability-inclusive workplace cultures and recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities. In addition, DOL’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) has launched and, which address a variety of employment issues, including disability nondiscrimination.

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