Disability Hiring Dominates the News

The media world has been alit with stories of how people with disabilities are improving the workforce—bringing unique perspectives that drive innovative thinking and boosts employee satisfaction. BusinessWeek last week profiled Walgreen’s, AMC and Hershey’s, where company leaders gave a multitude of reasons for hiring people with disabilities. In the article, Disabled Recruited From Walgreen to … Continue reading “Disability Hiring Dominates the News”

A Dual Mission, Accomplished

This Washington, D.C.-area firm specializes in winning federal contracts that help people with disabilities, while employing workers with disabilities to do the work. Sheila Newman knows her way around government contracts, and the nation’s capital. When navigating both, you have to be able speak the language of acronyms, she says. For Newman, so fluent is … Continue reading “A Dual Mission, Accomplished”

A Partnership to Further Advance Service-Disabled Veterans in Employment and Entrepreneurship

When we announced last week that the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) has formally partnered with the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) with the focus on service-disabled veterans in employment and entrepreneurship, it was a welcome milestone. Our organizations have worked on parallel paths for many years in relation to … Continue reading “A Partnership to Further Advance Service-Disabled Veterans in Employment and Entrepreneurship”

Why Wouldn’t It Work

Jennifer Erickson and Beth Behal have been the co-owners of Camille’s Sidewalk Café in Sioux Falls for the last seven years. The door to hiring people with disabilities was opened for them by an employment specialist from Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare. Beth said, “We didn’t seek out people with disabilities for employees, they came to us. … Continue reading “Why Wouldn’t It Work”

Bangor Hydro Electric Company

Bangor Hydro Electric Company (BHE) has successfully employed people with a disability for many years. “We believe that work is an important part of everyone’s life,” said Susan Faloon, BHE’s communications officer. Employees with a disability, including those that require accommodation to perform their work, work in the same positions as non-disabled employees, such as … Continue reading “Bangor Hydro Electric Company”

Effecting Change, Driving Growth

When digital imaging giant Canon set out to manufacture a photocopier that was accessible to people with disabilities, Sean Stapelford showed them how. He created 15 pages of recommendations on accessible design for the copier, which guided the work of Canon engineers from New York to Tokyo. Today, Stapelford’s insights and input are the inspiration … Continue reading “Effecting Change, Driving Growth”

In Praise of StartUp America

This is my new favorite quote: “Everyone deserves a chance to change the world.” It was spoken by Austan Goolsbee, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in his remarks at the White House StartUP America Partnership announcement, which I attended last week in Washington, D.C. As a social entrepreneur and advocate for people with … Continue reading “In Praise of StartUp America”