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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
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
Finding Jobs For Disabled Persons Is Everyone’s Responsibility
By: CareerCast.com
Job hunters everywhere are facing challenging times in the uncertain economic climate, but jobs for people with disabilities somehow always seem just a bit harder to come by. While no business can operate with the wrong people on staff, disabled persons often infuse their work environments with creativity, innovation, and community spirit. Supporting everyone in ways that allow them to make a meaningful contribution is as critical to the well being of America today as it was in better times. The good news is, jobs for disabled people can still be found today, but it might take a little more ... more
Hiring Goals For Americans With Disabilities Require Changes In Recruiting And Hiring Practices
By: CareerCast.com
With two new broad rules the world of recruitment is changing. The U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP), has recently updated regulations regarding the recruitment and hiring of employees with disabilities (Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). Another new rule updates the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment act of 1974 (VEWRA) which, of course, also applies to Veterans who are disabled. “Never in my lifetime have we had such aggressive changes for federal contractors and subcontractors,” said Janet Fiore, President of The Sierra Group in Philadelphia. “They are now being required to track their efforts ... more
Employers Tout Value Of Candidates With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Small employers that offer long-term disability (LTD) benefits believe such benefits serve the interests of both their company and their employees, according to a 2015 survey of more than 500 benefits decision-makers at companies with 10 to 99 employees. While those that don’t provide this benefit often overestimate its cost—and underestimate its appeal. The survey was conducted in April 2015 on behalf of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), a trade group, and benefits provider Unum. Among the findings, a large percent of small employers indicated that most of their employees would face significant financial hardship if they were disabled ... more