National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Accessibility Awareness and Allyship: NDEAM Kickoff Event

October 3, 10:00 am


And on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 995 6849 4815

Passcode: 783139

The Amazing and Interesting History of Disability Access in Berkeley

October 5, 12-12:45 pm

Presented by Karyn Houston

Coffee Break for Learning and Discussion

October 12, 3:00 pm


And on Zoom:

Meeting ID: 995 0729 0954

Passcode: 457612

Emergency Planning for Individuals with Disabilities

October 19, 11:00 am

Meeting ID: 990 5369 8012

Passcode: 251489

Creating a Culture of Advocacy, Inclusion, and Allyship with Emily Ladau

Join us for another conversation with Emily Ladau, disability rights activist, communications consultant, and author.

October 20, 12:00 pm

Accessibility Awareness: A Neurodivergent Scientist's Journey

It is estimated that up to 20% of the global population is neurodivergent, but these individuals are often underrepresented in professional settings. Join us to hear a firsthand account about navigating STEM as a neurodivergent scientist, with Hannah Ross. Hannah works at NERSC to optimize and integrate complex physical processes into Earth system models which help inform the development of sustainable solutions to the Nation’s energy and environmental challenges.

October 25, 2022, 9:00 am

Meeting ID: 931 4939 8848

Passcode: 484232

Going Deaf: A Personal Story

with Karyn Houston

Join Karyn Houston, Energy Technologies Area Communications manager, and learn about her unique hearing journey. Karyn recently lost her hearing completely and has forged new ways to communicate. She will also share her personal background and show how she uses technology, along with ways to cope and adjust, in this inspiring presentation.

October 26, 12:00-12:45 pm

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Workshop: The Surprise Benefits of Accessibility

*Co-sponsored by the Global ERG

Join us and the Global ERG to hear about how to employ accessibility measures like closed captions to make your meetings and videos more valuable for all, including non-native english speakers.

This event will feature a brief presentation about the principles of universal design, followed by a series of useful tips and techniques on how best to take advantage of captioning and translation software on platforms like Zoom, Google Slides, Youtube, and Instagram.

October 28, 12:00-12:45 pm (Rescheduled from 10/21)

Meeting ID: 976 1542 1261

All Zoom events will have closed captions enabled. If you require additional accommodations please get in touch with Karyn Houston (

"In recognition of the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce, the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2022 will be “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation.” Observed annually in October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices."

- Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor

Download the official poster for NDEAM 2022, above. Also available in Spanish.