A Message from the Strategist
It brings me great joy to kick off National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) for NIH! Throughout October, we will celebrate this year’s national NDEAM theme, “Advancing Access and Equity,” and take time to recognize the achievements of individuals with disabilities in the workforce and renew our commitment to building an inclusive and accessible future for all.
Embracing diversity and building inclusion is not just about employment, it is about fostering a culture where every person, regardless of ability, is recognized for their strengths and provided with equitable opportunities for success.
This month, I urge you to listen to the experiences of your colleagues with disabilities. By sharing stories of triumph and challenges, we build empathy, understanding, and a collective determination to co-create a more accessible and inclusive society. This begins with small steps, such as socializing hiring authorities to recruit people with disabilities, ensuring digital resources are Section 508-compliant, and discovering the new, and innovative assistive technologies that expand opportunities for everyone. It is a matter of fairness and respect, allowing others, regardless of their abilities, to participate fully in the workplace.
With your help, NIH can become a trailblazer in championing accessibility and inclusion for employees with disabilities. Together, we can create a brighter, more accessible future for generations to come.
People with Disabilities Employment
In this installation of “What Women Want… at Work,” podcast host, Emma Kaufman and guest co-host Céline Dazé chat with three amazing guests that discuss their work experiences as individuals with disabilities. This episode features Devora McCoy - Program Analyst, NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, co-chair of the NIH Neurodiversity employee resource group, Teresa Shea Booher - Information Technology Specialist, NIH Office of the Chief Information Officer, chair of the Three Blind Mice employee resource group, and Krystal Johnson-Steele - Deputy Branch Chief, NIH Office of Human Resources.
I am different, not less.
— Dr. Temple Grandin
Ableism — Acknowledging It and How to Become Anti-Ableist
Video is On Demand
Are you trying to understand ableism and learn how to be a better colleague to employees with disabilities in your workplace? Join us for an eye-opening webinar, featuring Special Emphasis Portfolio Branch Director David Rice, that provides an introductory overview of ableism, how to recognize it when it occurs, and how to interrupt it when it happens.
Section 508 - A Conversation with NIH Section 508 Program Manager Antonio Haileselassie
Monday, October 16, 2023 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EDT
Join Disability Portfolio Strategist, Céline Dazé, and NIH Section 508 Program Manager Antonio Haileselassie, for a conversation about Section 508, digital accessibility, and how to be a champion for disability justice in the workplace. Learn ways to make your work more accessible for your colleagues and why it matters. This live webinar will include ASL interpreters and a live captioner.
About the Artwork
The artwork for our 2023 National Disability Awareness Month (NDEAM) observance showcases quilted patchwork depicting a vast array of abilities. It is inspired by the quilted artwork, “Change,” by deaf quilter, Theresa Matteson Coughlan. The imagery showcases the interconnectedness of the disabled community.