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Disability Network 9/20
By: CareerCast.com
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, formed in September 2014 to map out solutions under the Rehabilitation Act of 2014, released the findings from its two-year study recently. Increasing competitive job opportunities for candidates with disabilities, extending the availability and use of technology that aids employees with disabilities, and improved oversight of hiring and HR practices are among the topics addressed in this study. The full report can be read here . It includes more than 120 pages of information, including recommendations for employers, educators and job seekers with disabilities.more
Assistive Technology Aids More than Just Workers with Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
When Vickie Peirano-Thompson’s employer told her they’d be turning to people with disabilities to fuel their workforce, she was skeptical. “I had a fear,” said Peirano-Thompson, manager of UCB, an accounts receivable firm located in Ohio. “I was thinking ‘how is someone who is visually impaired going to perform? How are they going to be able to collect the money? How are they going to be able to make the phone calls? How is this going to happen?’” But, she said, the company discovered “there are all kinds of technologies out there to accommodate all sorts of disabilities.” Peirano-Thompson spoke ... more
Tips For Addressing A Disability In The Workplace
By: CareerCast.com
A few months ago, a friend of mine was officially diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The shock and confusion caused by this revelation was intensified by the fact that it came soon after being laid off from her job. While she struggled with both her illness and her new jobless status, the diagnosis itself had given her a sense of relief. She said it was somehow comforting to know that there was a name to this illness and that it could be at least controlled, if not conquered. As admirable as it is for my friend to confront her illness and ... more
Accessible Technology Essential In The Workplace
By: CareerCast.com
Technological accessibility for employees and job seekers with disabilities is an issue of increasing importance for the Labor Department and employers. According to Chris Lu, writing for the U.S. Department of Labor blog: To put it simply, our commitment to accessible technology is about basic civil rights, as well as the collective productivity of America’s workforce. That’s because inaccessible technology — from websites, to software applications, to online job applications — is preventing many people with disabilities from doing their jobs effectively, or even applying for jobs in the first place. One way in which the Labor Department seeks to ... more
Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
When we talk about hiring people with disabilities, we are also discussing the broader issues of labor shortages, diverse hiring practices, and the social reactions to an impairment . Therefore, it is of importance to note that the reported benefits of hiring as referenced by the sources included in this summary are not comprehensive and do not necessarily reflect all aspects of these broad issues. What is represented, however, is a list of valid benefits to businesses who hire veterans and other individuals with disabilities. Statistics and findings from studies conducted from 1998 through 2010 - along with anecdotal observations ... more
New Plan Strives To Integrate Employees With Disabilities Into The Workforce
By: CareerCast.com
The U.S. government on Tuesday established its blueprint for moving American workers with profound disabilities out of low-paying sheltered workshops and other segregated settings into mainstream jobs in the public midst. U.S. Department of Justice officials announced in a morning news conference that they had reached a settlement with the state of Rhode Island that will put 2,000 of its citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities in position to work real jobs with competitive wages. The Ocean State, resolving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act with government civil rights lawyers, also will provide training and services to another 1,250 ... more
Top Five Tips for Job Seekers with Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Despite an unemployment rate nearly double that of their non-disabled peers, people with disabilities can look forward to a bright jobs future -- provided that they approach their career activities the right way. Both experienced job seekers as well as those new to the world of employment can follow these five tips, culled from our conversations with hundreds of disabled individuals and other job seekers searching for work over the past few years. Tip 1: Dare to Dream When we speak to candidates who tell us they want a job, the first thing we ask is, “doing what? " Know ... more
New Hires With Disabilities Benefit Companies
By: CareerCast.com
Employment remains disproportionately unreachable to people with disabilities. This week, when the athletes are demonstrating their capabilities to the country, is a fitting time for employers to commit to opening new opportunities for people with disabilities — not merely as a good deed, but as good business, too. A recent Census Bureau report found that workers with disabilities are less likely to be employed and more likely to earn less if they are. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that for people without them. That is not only wrong, it is bad business: a colossal ... more
New Federal Rules Will Affect Disability Hiring
By: CareerCast.com
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published on Dec. 9, 2011, a notice of proposed rule-making for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These revisions are expected to take effect early in 2013. The proposed regulations are designed to help increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities with a national target of 7 percent of federal contractor employees. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show stark employment disparities: 79 percent of those with disabilities are outside the labor force, while 30 percent of those without disabilities are out of the labor force. In New ... more
Technology Designed To Help People With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Tech companies create products with the consumer in mind, tasking a new smartphone, tablet, operating system or app, with a specific market demand. A number of companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, focus on people living with disabilities. They create adaptive devices to help improve their customers' lives. Known as assistive technology, these gadgets include anything that helps a person complete everyday tasks, and they cover all ranges of complexity. We've rounded up 10 especially cool pieces of assistive tech that illustrate how advanced the space has become. There are pragmatic inventions, such as cars designed specifically for wheelchair users; ... more