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If you are New York National Guard technician or military personnel, applicant for technician or military employment, and feel you are being discriminated against, please contact the State Equal Employment Manager (SEEM) office for assistance.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
"Inclusion Drives Innovation"
(1 - 31 October 2017)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced that “Inclusion Drives Innovation” will be the theme of National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October 2017.
“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.” Every October, NDEAM celebrates individuals with disabilities and their contributions and achievements to the American workforce.
Timeline of Historical and Notable Events:
1753 - Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia is first hospital with ward for mental illness
1869 - First wheelchair patent is issued in United States
1933 - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who is paralyzed from the waist down by polio,
becomes President. Accounts differ as to how far he went to hide his
1935 - Social Security Act provides funds to each state to assist, among others
the blind and “crippled” children
1943 - Dr. Leo Kanner becomes first person to clearly define autism
1945 - Congress declared the first week of October as ‘National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week’
1949 - United Cerebral Palsy is founded
1956 - Disability Insurance program is added to Social Security
1960 - The first Paralympic Games are held in Rome Independent Living Movement
1962 - The word “physically” was dropped to acknowledge individuals with all types of disabilities
1988 - Congress expanded the week to a month and changed the name to DEAM
2001 - ODEP was established and formally began selecting the NDEAM theme
2009 - Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act prohibits employers from using genetic information to discriminate against employees or job applicants
2011 - Revised ADA regulations adopt 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design and address other accessibility issues, including accommodating service animals, wheelchairs and other
DEOCS Training Slides
NY National Guard Complaint Activity:
New York is proud to post the record of its compliance with the “Notification and Federal Employment Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act” (No FEAR Act):