National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Meeting in a Box: National Disability Employment Awareness Month

This Meeting in a Box tool is designed for distribution to all employees. You may use portions of it or all of it. Each section is available as a separate PDF; you can forward the entire document or link to it on DiversityInc Best Practices or print it out for employees who do not have Internet access.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. It is the ideal time to increase your company’s awareness of the untapped talent pool of people with disabilities and educate your company on a variety of disabilities. This month is also the best time to learn or re-learn how to successfully bring people with disabilities on board.

It’s also an excellent way to refresh your knowledge on the culturally competent ways to recruit, retain, engage, and promote this increasing demographic.

This Meeting in a Box is designed to make it easy to share the entire document or individual components with your employees. Each section is available as a PDF and available to download for you and your team to print.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Timeline of legislation and events impacting the progress of people with disabilities and their achievements in the United States
  • Facts & Figures demonstrating educational progress and continued employment and income inequities
  • Myth Busting to debunk commonly held misperceptions about disabilities and the people who live with them
  • Self-ID tips and suggestions for building trust
  • Politics and the current issues facing disabled people

[CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the full Meeting in a Box, our diversity-management professional development and educational tool available only to Benchmarking customers and DiversityInc Best Practices subscribers.]

  1. Timeline

We recommend you start your employees’ cultural-competence lesson on people with disabilities by using this timeline, documenting individual achievements of people with various disabilities, and spotlighting legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that changed their legal opportunities for equality.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the Timeline.

  1. Facts and Figures

This section examines the prevalence of disability in today’s workforce. It includes up-to-date numbers on earnings, poverty, market demand for talent and the National Organization on Disability’s Employment Tracker.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the “Facts and Figures” section

  1. Myth Busting

Learn how to debunk common misperceptions around disability by looking at the most prevalent examples and the reality that defies these stereotypes.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the “Myth Busting” section.

  1. Self-ID

Learn practices that help improve self-ID rates among your workforce and how to build trust with your employees. Identify the characteristics that companies with high self-ID rates share.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the “Self-ID” section.

  1. Politics

Take a closer look at the issues facing people with disabilities and some of the current legislation being drafted to address those issues.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the “Politics” section.

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