October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Please take a moment and listen to this really interesting podcast How to Become Batman from NPR’s Invisibilia about how your expectations for things impact the people around you. They interview Daniel Kish who is blind and uses echolocation to be independent in his life and explains why he shouldn’t be the only person who is blind to live this way.

If you don’t have time to listen and would like to read the transcripts, please follow the links below:

Batman Part 1

Batman Part 2

Assuming limitations of disability may often be wrong. Many people with disabilities are denied opportunities (such as employment) under the assumption that they wouldn’t be able to perform the required functions. However, as we find in this podcast, there are ways to accomplish the same goal by different means. For National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we encourage a mindset that focuses on potential, not limitations.

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