This October is the 75th observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). To celebrate, Executive Sponsors of the All Access Employee Resource Group – David L. Brown and Helen Cademartori – share what NDEAM means to them and how Berkeley Lab has become more accessible over the years.
What does NDEAM mean to you?
Helen: National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is an important milestone that helps to publicize the importance of increasing access and opportunities in the workplace for people with disabilities of all kinds.
NDEAM holds particular significance for me since I served for many years as an advocate for and a member of the Board of Advisors for Computer Technologies Program (CTP), a school in Berkeley that provides computer training and extensive job placement services for people with physical disabilities. I saw firsthand the life-changing impact the program had on the graduates and the incredible talents CTP graduates brought to their employers.