||National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is celebrated in recognition of the historical and cultural contributions of persons with disabilities. This year’s national theme is “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” The theme promotes the benefits of a united and diverse biomedical workforce by encouraging innovation through the lens of diversity and inclusion.
At NIH, we continually strive to serve as a model employer of those with disabilities. We use this time to address challenges that affect their employment and focus on strategies for recruitment and retention. NIH stands ready to continue partnering with leadership, employees, and others to develop innovative policies and practices to recruit and retain people with disabilities and targeted disabilities. We stand together as an agency as we broaden our research and increase our level of awareness.
I encourage everyone to show support for the panel discussion, Hiring and Retention of People with Disabilities and Targeted Disabilities. The panelists will identify best practices, recruitment strategies, partnership opportunities, and tools for strengthening the NIH workforce for people with disabilities. Additionally, a “What Can You Do” campaign will be introduced to NIH. This campaign focuses on ways for all NIH staff to make a positive impact on the issue of disability employment. Specifically, it will focus on strategies to improve the workforce, such as focusing on creativity and innovation of employees with disabilities.
Let us celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities in the workplace every day, not just during the month of October. To learn more about the National Disability Employment Awareness Month campaign “What Can You Do,” please contact Alma McKune, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, at 301-496-4547, or visit the website at http://edi.nih.gov/pwd and follow EDI on Twitter and Instagram at @NIH_EDI. When tweeting, include “#InclusionDrivesInnovation” in your tweet.