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Working Against Rising Unemployment for Job Seekers with Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
New efforts to raise job market awareness for those with disabilities struggling to find employment is coming at a critical time. The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently launched a new public service announcement on more than 1,400 television stations entitled “Because.” The ads are "intended to replace myths and misperceptions about disability employment with new views of what people with disabilities can do,” ODEP reports. Web users can watch the PSA at http://whatcanyoudocampaign.org . Job prospects for candidates with disabilities steadily improved in 2012, but 2013 has started badly. Unemployment among job seekers with disabilities spiked by 2% ... more
Investing In Hiring Employees With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Like most parents with a child with a disability, we share the same wish: to live just one day longer than our child. What happens after we are gone? Can we ever earn and save enough to provide our child a fulfilling life of health and safety? Our son, Austin, now 26, has autism. He began speaking at age 10 and has continued to surprise me in revealing his gifts. Early on when we were dreaming of lifetime goals for Austin, a driver’s license would have been the equivalent of a Ph.D. from MIT. A job that paid a living ... more
Proven Results Hiring People With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
One of the best experiences of my life was watching Jamie Smith, a young man with autism, leave his routine in Chicago, travel to the Special Olympics World Games in the chaotic Chinese city of Shanghai -- and succeed. Jamie's success -- managing in a foreign country and bringing home a silver medal -- was the result of one thing: hard work. And I've yet to meet a harder worker than him, or a person who more appreciates the opportunities a job presents. Our workplaces have grown diverse, but jobs remain far too scarce when it comes to people with ... more
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