On October 20th you can help raise awareness for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). People forget that a disability is not only one you are born with, it can be the result of an accident of just circumstances of life. Remembering that once there is an impairment in the normal functioning of vital body parts, one is considered to have a disability. This runs the gamut and includes being hearing impaired, loss of a limb or appendage all the way to using aid to walk and speak etc.
While the entire month of October is celebrated, you can add your very visual support with promoting and encouraging others to participate in lighting their buildings and windows on October 20th, 2022.
It’s called, Light It Up! For NDEAM®.
Here’s some background about this lighting event:
It’s happening the third Thursday of October — Thursday, October 20.
- Light It Up! For NDEAM is more than a night; more than an event. It’s fast becoming a movement that ignites conversation about disability inclusion in employment. There’s no other event quite like this one, during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
- This event was started by Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN) in 2020, and was a first-ever, Ontario-wide NDEAM event. Last year, Light It Up! For NDEAM was a national first for NDEAM in Canada
- Buildings, businesses, municipal signs, landmarks and bridges across the country will be specially lit purple and blue for one night. Light It Up For NDEAM is in recognition of NDEAM, the many ways people with disabilities contribute to businesses, communities, help companies be successful and competitive across Canada.