New Job Feed Connects Businesses, Workers with Disabilities

There is a not-so-silent shift taking place in our country today. Hundreds of thousands of veterans are returning home with service-connected disabilities and will need help finding meaningful employment to help them transition back to civilian life. At the same time, the national unemployment rate for working-age Americans with disabilities hovers at 15 percent vs. 9 … Continue reading “New Job Feed Connects Businesses, Workers with Disabilities”

Recruiting Top Talent: Look for Emotional Intelligence about Disability

I cringe when I hear job seekers with a disability ask that employers give them “a chance to prove themselves” when I believe that is the job seeker’s responsibility (not the employer’s.) I also wonder why employers have for so long ignored workplace disability in their diversity initiatives. I’m still learning. Similarly, each candidate with … Continue reading “Recruiting Top Talent: Look for Emotional Intelligence about Disability”

While We’re Getting People with Disabilities Back to Work, We’ve Still Got Some Ways to Go

BusinessWeek.com published an article, Getting People with Disabilities Back to Work (July 6, 2011), that started off with the right message. It referenced several Fortune 500s (AT&T, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Walgreens) that are trying to employ the disabled. Still, out of all the companies mentioned, Walgreens is the only company that’s able to speak about tangible … Continue reading “While We’re Getting People with Disabilities Back to Work, We’ve Still Got Some Ways to Go”

How Hiring the Disabled Boosts More than the Bottom Line

Donating to earthquake victims, hosting employee volunteer days, and buying more local products — a new Harvard Business Review article says many corporate philanthropic efforts, while well intended, don’t always provide real societal returns, and could end up hurting businesses in the long run. The authors, Harvard professors Michael Porter and Mark Kramer, introduce a … Continue reading “How Hiring the Disabled Boosts More than the Bottom Line”

Paid Internships Give Disabled Workers a Leg Up in the Workplace

Ever wanted to start an internship program at your company, but don’t know where to begin? Sometimes the best way to is to model what others are already doing.  Over the last several years, large companies in the private sector have been finding qualified workers with disabilities through internships. Software giant Microsoft teamed up with … Continue reading “Paid Internships Give Disabled Workers a Leg Up in the Workplace”