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Job Placement Programs Help Candidates with Disabilities Find The Right Fit
By: CareerCast.com
The Arc—"an advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities," as described by Susan Klingel, its executive director—serves more than 300 Alabama people by providing employment and through a residential program with more than 30 year-'round residents. And it's just one of 29 agencies served through this year's United Way Holiday Wishes program nationwide. For many of the Arc clients, the case was similar to the man awaiting an opportunity. "They had to stay at home, never be out in the community and have friends and have a meaningful job," Klingel says. "A meaningful job is so important." READ ... more
Q & A: Job Placement For A Worker With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
In her column, Janet Fiore from RecruitDisability.org will answer reader questions about the issues they face finding employment. If you have a question, please submit it to: expertadvice@careercast.com Question: I am an Employment Counselor with the NYS Department of Labor. One of my clients has a visible learning disability and I am finding it very difficult to find employers for him. He has almost a lifetime of experience as a Sales Representative--he has never been directly involved in cash handling or with the register, but he has contributed in selling merchandise, calling in customers when their purchases are ready, and ... more
Disclosing And Discussing Mental Disorders With Your Employer
By: CareerCast.com
About six months ago, Patrick Ross knew things had reached a breaking point at work. An angry email he had sent to a superior — combined with occasional temper flare-ups and brusque interactions with colleagues — was endangering his job of two years as deputy director of communication at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. So before a scheduled meeting with his boss about these problems, Ross decided he needed to reveal something he had not told anyone outside his immediate family — he was bipolar. He wrote down what he wanted to say and gave it to his supervisor ... more
Employment Grows For Workers With Disabilities, But Improvement Is Still Needed
By: CareerCast.com
Employment of candidates with disabilities in 2012 reached its highest level since the onset of the recession, however the job prospects for these workers still need improvement, according to the Labor Department. Unemployment among people with disabilities ended 2012 at 13.4%, down from the 15% mark it hovered near throughout the recession years of 2009-2011. While last year was an improvement, that rate is still nearly 6% higher than the overall unemployment rate, which dropped to 7.6% in May. CareerCast.com recently researched professions that are particularly accommodating to job seekers with disabilities, and reflective of current overall hiring trends, healthcare ... more
Tips For Making Your Company Website Accessible For Users With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
The Internet isn't always "one size fits all." Every day, inaccessible web design prevents billions of people in the disabled community from an easy online experience. For those with visual impairments, learning difficulties, hearing loss and more, there are dozens of unique challenges waiting behind every URL. But building a disability-friendly site is a lot simpler than you might think. Laurence Berry, a designer for UK-based design and tech organization FutureGov who has also written extensively about accessible web design, says the easiest way to build user-friendly sites is to figure out their key obstacles. READ MORE AT MASHABLEmore
Workers With Disabilities Get Assists From Technology
By: CareerCast.com
The past few years have seen a number of technological breakthroughs targeting disabled consumers. Apple, for example, is incorporating technologies such as voice recognition and screen readers, which can synthesize text into speech, into all of their products, rather than offering them as add-ons. Applications such as GoTalk NOW and TapSpeak Sequence allow users to combine text, pictures and symbols with audio programs that put voice to thoughts and ideas. Someone who can’t speak clearly can touch a picture of a hand, then a book, and the tablet will say: “Please pass me the book.” Blind people can take notes ... more
What Employers Seek In Your Resume
By: CareerCast.com
While job search strategies may have shifted with the advent of social networks and more recruiting taking place online, one constant remains – you need a solid resume, say our career experts. Whether you present this in standard written form or via your profile page on networking sites such as LinkedIn, your resume is the first impression an employer has of you as a viable candidate. Here are some factors you should consider if you are in the process of creating or updating your resume. Make sure your resume fits the job. If are submitting your resume for several job ... more
Companies Seeking Workers With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Employersare actively recruiting workers with disabilities as a way to gain a loyal work force, tap overlooked talent and add diversity. Such efforts could be crucial as more people with physical and mental challenges who attended school after the 1990 passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act reach adulthood. In May, 17.9 percent of people with disabilities had jobs compared with 64.3 percent for those with no impairments, based on unadjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ratio is down from its high of 21 percent in September 2008, during the first year data was kept, and ... more
Recruiting Workers With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
The White House announced Feb. 3, 2015, the release of a new resource guide for employers related to the employment of people with disabilities. The guide is a federal interagency effort full of tips on how to legally and proactively recruit, retain and promote workers with disabilities. “We have heard time and time again that employers do not want to visit 10 government websites to access the information they need,” said U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Commissioner Chai Feldblum. “This resource guide is an example of federal agencies coming together to respond to the needs of employers by creating ... more
Q & A: Finding A Job When You Need To Work From Home
By: CareerCast.com
In her column, Janet Fiore from RecruitDisability.org will answer reader questions about the issues they face finding employment. If you have a question, please submit it to: expertadvice@careercast.com Question : I am new to your site, and I am looking at the job postings but can't figure out if any of the employers will permit me to work from home. I am a high-caliber sales person who has sold coffee services and office supplies for more than 30 years. I may be getting laid off from my job soon due to my company being sold. I am bed bound because ... more