Congress has designated October as “National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)” to recognize the contributions of disabled persons and to encourage employers to hire them. The 2010 theme is "Talent Has No Boundaries: Workforce Diversity Includes People with Disabilities."
The Postal Service --- whose workforce includes 35,000 employees with reportable disabilities nationwide --- pays tribute to individuals with disabilities and recognizes the value and talent they bring to society and the postal workforce.
This effort to educate the American public about issues related to disability and employment actually began in 1945, when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to "National Disability Employment Awareness Month."