National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

According to U.S.  Department of Labor statistics, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is twice that of the general population, and they are nearly three times more likely to live in poverty than those without disabilities. These are issues Goodwill is working hard every day to eliminate through our programs and services. In 2018, Goodwill employed 155 individuals who identified as having a disability, and we trained 323 high school students who received special education services in 17 school districts.

Please join us as we celebrate NDEAM this year. As part of our recognition of NDEAM, Goodwill Industries is sponsoring the NDEAM Career Fair in Council Bluffs. Other sponsors of this event are Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, IowaWORKS, Iowa Western Community College, Goodwill and Connections Area Agency on Aging.

NDEAM Career Fair

Date: October 23, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CDT
Location: Omni Centre Business Park

300 W. Broadway
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
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Promote a Disability-Friendly Workplace

Here are 10 ways you can carry out the spirit of NDEAM in October and all year long:

1. Join us on Oct. 23, 2019, for the NDEAM career fair in Council Bluffs!

2. Train supervisors to understand their role in fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

3. Sponsor a “lunch and learn” series about disability issues.

4. Provide volunteer opportunities for your employees.

5. Display posters promoting disability inclusion.

6. Offer American Sign Language training classes to your employees.

7. Host a “Disability 101” event for employees.

8. Incorporate disability into your onboarding processes.

9. Host a disability mentoring day.

10. Contact Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska & Southwest Iowa, at (402) 341-4609 to learn more about our job training and placement programs for people with disabilities.

To see a full list of ideas, click here.