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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
Why Employment and Disability Are No Longer Like Fire and Water
By: CareerCast.com
Disability and employment are two words that have not historically fit so well together. Yet, more and more people with a disability are finding meaningful employment in part because of beneficial laws and more public exposure and information about disabilities. Here are some facts you should know if you are looking for disability employment opportunities. Disabled job seekers are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This federal civil rights law was designed to protect disabled individuals from discrimination, and enable them to participate in all aspects of society. This law makes disability and employment aspects of ... more
Employment For Candidates With Disabilities Boosts The Entire Workforce
By: CareerCast.com
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. As a nonprofit supporting people with disabilities, we promote its significance to the community. Many individuals have employment as a goal, and we address their aspiration by connecting people to local employers, and by employing people with disabilities directly. The key word this month is awareness. Though people with disabilities have made great strides in entering the workforce, there are still many challenges to address. In the United States, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remains over 70 percent. In fact, 27 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities live in poverty, compared ... more
American Job Centers Expand Opportunities
By: CareerCast.com
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act coming into law approaches, the Department of Labor is working to expand the reach of American Job Centers, the DoL blog reports . "American Job Centers are essential to delivering on the promise of the ADA because they’re the ones on the front lines assisting people who are seeking employment," writes Tania Mejia for the DoL. With passage of the Final Rule in September 2013, and implementation beginning in March 2014, employers are more invested in extending equal employment opportunities to candidates with disabilities than ever before. The Final Rule ... more
Jobs for Military Vets with Disabilities a Hot Topic
By: CareerCast.com
When it comes to careers for the disabled, and jobs for people with disabilities, there is a lot going on to generate support and action. For those people with a disability looking for jobs, there are numerous resources giving attention to the field, the requirements and the potential. Jobs for people with disabilities is a hot topic, and here are six tips to focus on that should lead to job placement. 1) Know The Americans With Disabilities "Amendment Act" The first section of the act deals with private employers as well as state and local governments, employment agencies and labor ... more
National Disability Month Facts and Figures
By: CareerCast.com
National Disability Employment Awareness Month each October recognizes the societal and workforce contributions of people with disabilities. Congress designated in 1945 the first “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”; the word “physically” was removed in 1962 to allow for the inclusion of all Americans with disabilities. In 1988, the week was extended to a month and changed its name to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month.” To learn more, click on the images below via DiversityInc.com:more
25 Years Of The Americans With Disabilities Act
By: CareerCast.com
The Americans With Disabilities Act was passed into law 25 years ago, on July 26, 1990. In a quarter-century of the law, designed in part to tear down barriers of discrimination that kept candidates with disabilities from obtaining positions, the marketplace has made progress. Google is putting a spotlight on the law's passage , as well as some of the leading figures in the fight for fair employment regulations and opportunities. However, there's still plenty more employers can do to improve the outlook for those with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Labor's 2014 findings said, "Unemployment rates were higher for ... more
Jobs for Disabled Americans Still Tough to Find, Yet…
By: CareerCast.com
While the anti-discrimination laws put in place in the 1990s should have made it easier for individuals with disabilities to get and keep jobs, the sad fact is that finding jobs for disabled individuals is hard. Individuals with disabilities have lower rates of employment than those in the general population. According to data from 2002, 56% percent of individuals between the ages of 21 and 64 who had some form of disability were employed. Of those between the ages of 21 and 64 who didn't have some form of disability, that number was 88%. Acknowledging that there aren't many jobs ... more
iPads And iPhones To Remove Employment Barriers For People With Autism
By: CareerCast.com
A recent study by the Institute of Communication Culture and Information Technology at the University of Toronto proves those must have iPhones and iPads are not just the latest in a long line of tech trends. The gadgets are also great for enabling people with autism to find and keep jobs. Students with autism who used iPads fare much better in assessments when compared to traditional examinations, says assistant professor Rhonda McEwan, who worked on the project. The touch-screen devices also showed peer-to-peer receptive communication skills to be more advanced than thought in 75% of cases and came as a ... more
Retirement Plans For Workers With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Saving money for retirement is something with which everyone in the workforce struggles. Perhaps underlooked in the necessary goal of making job opportunities more available to candidates with disabilities is how hirers can help ensure these employees' long-term, financial futures. The Employee Benefits Security Administration 's Saving Matters Campaign is designed to empower workers with disabilities in their planning for retirement by teaching the basics of saving some in the labor force, with or without disabilities, lack. The Saving Matters Campaign is more vital now than ever, as economists worry that a budget impasse between Congress and the White House ... more