At Director Gina Haspel’s first public address on 24 September, she highlighted diversity and inclusion as one of her top priorities. In line with that priority, CIA leadership is working to raise awareness of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).

CIA is hosting keynote speakers and holding weekly panels in October, focusing on topics such as blind/low vision, deaf/hard of hearing, physical/mobility challenges, and hidden disabilities. These sessions allow officers to learn about what they can do to make CIA’s culture more inclusive. Each session consists of Agency officers telling their unique stories, sharing their accomplishments, and discussing what they wish everyone knew about their challenges.

While NDEAM may only last for one month, CIA is working hard to increase awareness and making our online tools more accessible. As part of our recruitment efforts, CIA recently created an Ability Talent Broker position and posted new Personal Assistance Services to ensure CIA applicants with disabilities are given reasonable accommodations during their hiring process.

At CIA, National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportunity to continue acknowledging and celebrating the vast contributions of CIA officers with disabilities, promoting cultural understanding, and highlighting disability employment issues.