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National Disability

Employment Awareness Month

October 2014

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

Stats on DoD Hires


Number of individuals with disabilities Federal agencies directed to hire.


Individuals with disabilities DoD aims to hire.


Additional hires needed to meet DoD's goal.

Remote Interpretive Service Benefits Deaf Employees

Debra Simpson, the program analysis master planning branch chief for Defense Logistics Agency Energy, is leading the effort to implement a tablet- and desktop-based remote interpretive service for deaf employees. Story

DoD Disability Initiative Reaches Milestone

A Defense Department program designed to help disabled service members, wounded warriors and federal employees through free assistive technology and appropriate accommodations recently assisted their 150,000th customer. Story

Defense Department Honors 2014 Disability Award Winners

Outstanding achievements in the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities were honored at the Defense Department's 34th annual Disability Awards ceremony at the Pentagon. Story

DoD Works to Be a Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities

Walk through the Pentagon and you're bound to come across highly skilled military or civilian employees with disabilities -- including the Defense Department's director of disability programs, who is legally blind. Story

DoD Honors Workforce Recruitment Program Participants

Defense Department officials hosted a July 28 awards ceremony for participants in the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities. Story

Tinker Airman Receives ACC Award

A Tinker Airman is the Outstanding Department of Defense Service Member with a Disability Award winner for Air Combat Command. Story

Gitto Earns Outstanding Employee With Disabilities Award

Christopher Gitto, a technical information specialist with the Air Force Safety Center, was recently named the Air Force winner of the Department of Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award. Story

VA Disability Claims Backlog Drops by 44 Percent

The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced the number of pending disability compensation claims by approximately 44 percent. Story

Social Security Launches Expedited Veteran Disability Process

Social Security claims from veterans with a Veterans Affairs Department disability compensation rating of 100 percent permanent and total have a new process that will treat their applications as high priority and issue expedited decisions. Story

Assistive Technology Program Helps Disabled People Advance

The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, or CAP, was established in 1990 to provide assistive technology and accommodations at no cost to make sure people with disabilities have equal access and opportunities at the Defense Department. Story

DoD Electronic Health Records Help VA Disability Claims

The Defense Department has made troops' health records electronically available to the Veterans Affairs Department to speed up the adjudication of disability claims. Story

Technology Helps VA Disability Claim Decisions, Official Says

A new Defense and Veterans Affairs initiative has produced technology to help VA expedite disability claims. Story



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"During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the Americans living with disabilities, including significant disabilities, who enrich our country, and we reaffirm the simple truth that each of us has something to give to the American story."

- President Barack Obama

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