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Maine State Chamber Members Encouraged to Participate in National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Maine State Chamber of Commerce/MEBLN, October 03, 2016


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and all members of the Maine State Chamber are encouraged to participate. The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Held annually, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is led by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Employers of all sizes and in all industries are encouraged to participate in NDEAM.

For specific ideas about how your company can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit www.dol.gov/ndeam. Suggestions range from simple, such as putting up a poster, to comprehensive, such as implementing a disability education program. Regardless, all play an important part in fostering a more inclusive workforce, one where every person is recognized for his or her abilities - every day of every month.

Taking the Next Step

If you have questions or concerns that you feel might be holding you back from hiring someone with a disability, we want to help! Contact the Maine Business Leadership Network (MEBLN) and we’ll put you in contact with another business who has overcome similar concerns.

The Maine Business Leadership Network is an affiliate of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. It is a statewide, employer driven program designed for business leaders to promote hiring practices that enable qualified people with disabilities to enter and succeed in the workplace.

For more information about the MEBLN or how your business can get involved, please go to www.mainebln.org or contact Amy Downing, MEBLN Program Manager, at adowning@mainechamber.org.

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