How to Support Disability Employment Awareness

Held every October, US National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an opportune time to educate a wider recruitment audience about disability employment issues and celebrate workers with disabilities.

NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labour’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), and its campaign encourages organizations of all sizes and in all industries to participate in the awareness initiative.

This year’s theme, “Inclusion Drives Innovation,” celebrated diversity and innovation in the workplace.

According to the U.S Secretary of Labour, “smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition and drives innovation.”

In South Africa, various initiatives have been launched in support of disability employment, providing career and employment opportunities for disabled job seekers. Companies and recruiters are increasingly making inroads to promote equal employment opportunities.

Below are a few ideas to drive awareness in your organisation and support disability employment nationwide:

  • Implement a disability education program for staff, clients, and partners
  • Set up posters and leaflets in your organisation to promote disability employment
  • Foster a more inclusive workforce
  • Consider hiring disabled candidates for specific, suitable positions
  • Recognise disabled staff for their skills and abilities in the workplace

For more specific ideas on supporting NDEAM, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam.

Did you know? Professional Sourcing has various career opportunities and job vacancies for disabled candidates and is an equal opportunity supporting company.

Professional Sourcing is a top-tier South African-based recruitment agency operating internationally, IPM accredited, LEVEL 2 BEE RATED and 51% Black Owned.

Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector. -- Patricia Jacobs

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