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Accessible Technology Essential In The Workplace
By: CareerCast.com
Technological accessibility for employees and job seekers with disabilities is an issue of increasing importance for the Labor Department and employers. According to Chris Lu, writing for the U.S. Department of Labor blog: To put it simply, our commitment to accessible technology is about basic civil rights, as well as the collective productivity of America’s workforce. That’s because inaccessible technology — from websites, to software applications, to online job applications — is preventing many people with disabilities from doing their jobs effectively, or even applying for jobs in the first place. One way in which the Labor Department seeks to ...
Benefits of Hiring People with Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
When we talk about hiring people with disabilities, we are also discussing the broader issues of labor shortages, diverse hiring practices, and the social reactions to an impairment . Therefore, it is of importance to note that the reported benefits of hiring as referenced by the sources included in this summary are not comprehensive and do not necessarily reflect all aspects of these broad issues. What is represented, however, is a list of valid benefits to businesses who hire veterans and other individuals with disabilities. Statistics and findings from studies conducted from 1998 through 2010 - along with anecdotal observations ...
New Plan Strives To Integrate Employees With Disabilities Into The Workforce
By: CareerCast.com
The U.S. government on Tuesday established its blueprint for moving American workers with profound disabilities out of low-paying sheltered workshops and other segregated settings into mainstream jobs in the public midst. U.S. Department of Justice officials announced in a morning news conference that they had reached a settlement with the state of Rhode Island that will put 2,000 of its citizens with intellectual and developmental disabilities in position to work real jobs with competitive wages. The Ocean State, resolving violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act with government civil rights lawyers, also will provide training and services to another 1,250 ...
Top Five Tips for Job Seekers with Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Despite an unemployment rate nearly double that of their non-disabled peers, people with disabilities can look forward to a bright jobs future -- provided that they approach their career activities the right way. Both experienced job seekers as well as those new to the world of employment can follow these five tips, culled from our conversations with hundreds of disabled individuals and other job seekers searching for work over the past few years. Tip 1: Dare to Dream When we speak to candidates who tell us they want a job, the first thing we ask is, “doing what? " Know ...
New Hires With Disabilities Benefit Companies
By: CareerCast.com
Employment remains disproportionately unreachable to people with disabilities. This week, when the athletes are demonstrating their capabilities to the country, is a fitting time for employers to commit to opening new opportunities for people with disabilities — not merely as a good deed, but as good business, too. A recent Census Bureau report found that workers with disabilities are less likely to be employed and more likely to earn less if they are. The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that for people without them. That is not only wrong, it is bad business: a colossal ...
New Federal Rules Will Affect Disability Hiring
By: CareerCast.com
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published on Dec. 9, 2011, a notice of proposed rule-making for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These revisions are expected to take effect early in 2013. The proposed regulations are designed to help increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities with a national target of 7 percent of federal contractor employees. Bureau of Labor Statistics data show stark employment disparities: 79 percent of those with disabilities are outside the labor force, while 30 percent of those without disabilities are out of the labor force. In New ...
Technology Designed To Help People With Disabilities
By: CareerCast.com
Tech companies create products with the consumer in mind, tasking a new smartphone, tablet, operating system or app, with a specific market demand. A number of companies, as well as individual entrepreneurs, focus on people living with disabilities. They create adaptive devices to help improve their customers' lives. Known as assistive technology, these gadgets include anything that helps a person complete everyday tasks, and they cover all ranges of complexity. We've rounded up 10 especially cool pieces of assistive tech that illustrate how advanced the space has become. There are pragmatic inventions, such as cars designed specifically for wheelchair users; ...
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% ...
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 ...