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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
Inside Employer Policy For Workers With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
A new study looks at how flexible employers are and aren’t when it comes to flex time and “flex place” (working from home or offsite) for people with disabilities. It also shows the percentages of employers that have specific programs for hiring the disabled. The report examines more than 1,000 for-profit (which was about two-thirds of the sample) and non-profit employers with 50 or more employees. ,p> It comes from the Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management. READ MORE AT ERE.NETmore
Dept. of Labor Introduces Ambitious Hiring Goals For Candidates With Disabilities
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The federal government wants more people with disabilities to join the workforce. The Department of Labor announced on Aug. 27 a new rule with a lofty goal for the federal government-contractor workforce: 7 percent of its employees should be people with disabilities. That’s higher than the 5.7 percent of people with disabilities in the workplace when measured by a census survey. The Labor Department says it is not demanding that these companies actually have a workforce made up of 7 percent of people with disabilities. Instead, it has an “aspirational utilization goal” to “give contractors a yardstick against which they ... more
Follow ADA Guidelines By Properly Describing Job Openings
By: CareerCast.com
Did you know you need to update your job descriptions because of the Americans with Disabilities Act? This is a friendly reminder. Just because your job description might say what an employee is supposed to do, it doesn’t mean that’s what your employee actually does. And, in an Americans with Disabilities Act case, here’s why that matters. In Shell v. Smith, the plaintiff worked for a transit system for 12 years as a Mechanic’s Helper. The job description for the position stated that the Mechanic’s Helper may occasionally drive buses. However, Shell had hearing and vision impairments, which precluded him ... 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