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The U.S. Department of Labor has announced “The Right Talent, Right Now” as the theme for the 2019 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

The 2019 theme emphasizes the essential role that people with disabilities play in America’s economic success, especially in an era when historically low unemployment and global competition are creating a high demand for skilled talent. The Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) administers NDEAM.

“Every day, individuals with disabilities add significant value and talent to our workforce and economy,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Individuals with disabilities offer employers diverse perspectives on how to tackle challenges and achieve success. Individuals with disabilities have the right talent, right now.”

Employers and employees in all industries can learn more about how to participate in National Disability Employment Awareness throughout the year by visiting DOL.gov/NDEAM.

NDEAM traces its beginnings to 1945. Observed annually in October, NDEAM celebrates America’s workers with disabilities both past and present, and emphasizes the importance of inclusive policies and practices to ensure that all Americans who want to work can work, and have access to services and the support to enable them to do so. With continued advancements including accessible technology, it is easier than ever before for America’s employers to hire people with disabilities in high-demand jobs.

For disability beneficiaries, work incentives include a trial work period, an extended period of eligibility for Medicare coverage, and more. For Supplemental Security Income recipients, work incentives include work-related expenses if you are blind, earned income exclusions, educational training exclusions, and, in many states, continued coverage under Medicaid. Read our Ticket to Work blog — particularly our posts on Work Incentives Wednesdays — or The Red Book: A Guide to Work Incentives for more information.

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