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Happy National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

Happy National Disability Employment Awareness Month in big block text on a bright green background

Each year in October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) honors the various contributions people with disabilities make in workplaces and the economy in the U.S. and reminds us of how important it is to provide full access to employment for people of all abilities.

Studies show that people with disabilities have a lower household net worth. That number lowers even more for those who identify as Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) (see graphic).

Developmental Pathways (DP) recognizes the employment disparities within populations of people with disabilities and seeks to provide resources for those who need them. Below are resource flyers for those seeking employment and for potential employers to help expand their talent pool to include people with disabilities.

Several of our community partners provide access to employment for people with disabilities. Click on the links below for more information.

  • Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
    • “The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) assists people with disabilities to succeed at work and live independently. We believe that anyone with a disability who wants to work, can work, regardless of the type or severity of their disability.”
  • Access Gallery
    • “Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative, educational, and economic opportunities for people with disabilities to access, experience, and benefit from the arts.”
  • Dirt Coffee
    • “Located in Downtown Littleton with plans to expand soon, Dirt is on a mission to bring you quality crafted coffee, food & drink while training, employing & empowering neurodivergent individuals.“
  • Brewability & Pizzability
    • Pizzability is a pizzeria staffed by individuals with disabilities and founded by a special needs teacher who saw a need for jobs and training for adults with disabilities.

To learn more about NDEAM and how to get involved visit, www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam.