NDEAM: What’s It Mean?

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) began as National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week in October of 1945.  The name for the observance has since been changed to reflect the fact that not all disabilities are physical in nature. The observance that began 65 years ago highlighted the contributions of persons with disabilities, however, it did not discount that persons with disabilities had not been contributing to their communities the many years before the creation of NDEAM. Continue reading “NDEAM: What’s It Mean?”

Vocational Rehabilitation: A Primer

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services are an important part of the job search for people with disabilities. Generally, those who are receiving Supplemental Security Income, (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are considered eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation programs. Continue reading “Vocational Rehabilitation: A Primer”

Hiring Incentives for People with Disabilities

In keeping with this month’s theme of disability employment awareness, I would like to share various resources that may either help you in your current position or in job seeking. This article focuses on information for job seekers, and I have included some organizations and websites that may be useful in finding rewarding employment. Finding a job is hard enough in these times of high unemployment; however, I believe we can all find satisfying work with a little effort. Continue reading “Hiring Incentives for People with Disabilities”

October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment month and we wanted to tell you about a few things we are working on to celebrate. All this month ILWAD will be featuring disability employment articles, resources, and editorials. Please check back with us to take advantage of all the information we will be dishing. Also, I participated in a disability employment project with CareerBuilder, an online career and job resource website, and we (ILWAD) were mentioned! Continue reading “October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month”