Disability Awareness 2020

National Disability Employment Awareness Month


National Disability Employment Awareness Month was declared in 1988 by the United States Congress for the month of October to bring awareness to needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities in the workplace. At the National Institutes of Health (NIH), we want to make greater strides toward increasing diversity and utilizing resources to improve inclusion. This commemorative month’s theme is "Accessibility Matters: Why Accessibility Matters at the NIH." Together, we can make NIH a more inclusive workplace of choice, where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, and valued for the person they are and the contributions they make.

Activities & Events

  • October 2020
    Accessibility Matters

    Become an active participate of the "Accessibility Matters" movement by spreading virtual awareness of how accessibility has impacted you directly or indirectly. Want to join the campaign!? Follow the instructions below:

    1. Print or download the Accessibility Matters." campaign flyer.
    2. Write or type why and how accessibility has impacted you either at NIH or in personal settings.
    3. Post the flyer with a photo of yourself holding it (optional) on social media, using the hashtags #AccessibilityMatters #NIH @NIH_EDI
    4. You can also send it to David.Rice@nih.gov, please send it with the subject line: “Accessibility Flyer” with your name and your IC.
  • 10:00 AM

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    Join us as we honor those who demonstrate unconditional commitment, compassion, and understanding towards the disability community, as well as those who bring more of themselves into the workplace to make it more inclusive.

    What is a disability champion? A champion is a member of the Disability community, they bring more of themselves into the workplace to make it more inclusive for the specific, named groups that are encompassed within the Disability community, while making an impact on scientific discovery at the NIH.

    What is a disability ally? An ally is a member of an advantaged social group who uses social power to take a stand against injustice directed at other groups. These individuals should help to advance the Disability community in research or help to make NIH a more welcoming environment for individuals in Disability communities.

  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    In observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and celebration of the 30th Anniversary of ADA, we are excited to invite Mr. Fram back to NIH for another reasonable accommodation training. Mr. Fram is a gifted speaker and has experience training numerous HR professionals, EEO attorneys, and investigators who analyze and resolve ADA claims. He is a recognized authority about disability and will introduce NIH participants on Reasonable Accommodation issues in the federal workplace.

Accessibility Matters.

NIH Champions and Allies of Disability Awardees

NIH Champions and Allies of Disability Awardees

Awardees head shots are displayed on this image. The awardess are:

  • Dee Dansby
  • Diane L. Damiano, PT, PhD, FAPT
  • Kevin Simmons
  • Nancy O’Hanlon, J.D.
  • Gary Morin
  • DS-Connect® Registry Team
  • Melissa Parisi, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Lisa Kaeser, J.D.
  • Sujata Bardhan, Ph.D
  • Aubrey Callwood
  • Christina Stile, ELS, MAPW
  • Debbie Jae, M.S.
  • Albert Carrasco
  • Jud Rhode

Accessibility allows us to tap into everyone’s potential.
— Debra Ruh