National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Congress designated each October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Various programs carried out throughout the month celebrate the contributions and skills of American workers with disabilities, while also highlighting the specific employment barriers that still need to be addressed.

Also: National Diversity Awareness Month, German-American Heritage Month, Italian-American Heritage Month, Polish-American Heritage Month and Filipino-American Heritage Month

8-16th - Navaratri (Hindu) – is a festival that lasts nine days and nine months. The word “Navaratri” actually means nine (Nava) nights (ratri). This is celebrated in different styles throughout India.

11th - Columbus Day Observance (United States) – federal holiday celebrating the 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas.

17th - Dussehra or Dasera (Hindu, Jain) –is among the most important festivals celebrated in India. It concludes the festival of Navaratri, and the holy day also commemorates the triumph of good over evil.

20th - Birth of the Bab (Bahá'í) - a holy day celebrating the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith.


24th - United Nations’ Day –the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations. It is devoted to making known to peoples of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations Organization.

31st - Halloween (United States) - is an annual holiday with roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints, but is today largely a secular celebration with trick-or-treating and wearing costumes.

31st - Reformation Day (Protestant, Christian) – is a religious holiday celebrating protestant reformation. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his letter, The 95 Theses, to the door of the Catholic Church protesting the sale of indulgences.

UAB Special Events

October - Disabled Employees Month Resources: Mervyn H. Sterne Library, blog post(s), reading list, www.mhsl.uab.edu