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Sierra Group News Worth Noting:


BREAKING NEWS: INTRODUCING The Sierra Group Certified Disability Recruiter Program.

As a leading expert in the areas of disability and employment practices, The Sierra Group has developed a hands-on training suite that leads to certified disability recruiter (CDR) credentialing.

The recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities goes beyond regulatory compliance; it’s a skill and expertise essential to all businesses wanting to stay competitive. We know because we’ve advised companies for 25 years on the best methodologies, techniques and current requirements.


Classes start in January 2017 – Limited enrollment/Early Bird discounts

For more information – PDF.

To Register Today!



Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) quotes Sierra Group's Janet Fiore on AT used for Employment!

New Assistive Technologies Aid Employees with Disabilities



AFTER Disability Awareness Month: Is Your Business Any Closer to Hiring a Person With a Disability?

AFTER Disability Awareness Month: Is Your Business Any Closer to Hiring a Person With a Disability?



News on Integrated Employment – US Department of Justice gives new guidance.

On Monday, the US Department of Justice released extensive guidance on the application of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court's 1999 Olmstead decision to employment and day services.

US Department of Justice gives new guidance PDF



Why our business Includes workers with disabilities

Janet Fiore gives Janet Lewis
of Locks Law Firm Summit Award

Why our business Includes workers with disabilities



PSA on Assistive Technology in the Workforce



Pre-Employment Transition Services for Students with Disabilities – P.E.T.S

Sierra Group has expanded and is NOW serving all 14 – 21 year old youth in Transition – P.E.T.S. Workforce Readiness and Self Advocacy after school classes and more!!

For more information and to register.

The Sierra Group Academy attending OVR's PETS program to help students reach their goals as they TRANSITION from high school.

Sierra Group Academy promoting their Pre Employment Transition Services program at Martin Luther King High School's Unity Day .



How Hiring People with Disabilities Works for Businesses, Too

Read the article



Hiring and Disability from PhillyCAM on Vimeo.

The Sierra Group Foundation discusses hiring and disability with Jill Fisher, Esq and Janet Fiore. Learn first-hand ways to obtain Financial Incentives from the Government, Recruit, Hire and Retain Workers with Disabilities; Meet Diversity Hiring Goals. More information at



You're INVITED to a COMPLIMENTARY WEBINAR: Accommodating Non-Apparent Disabilities in the Workplace

The Sierra Group Foundation

Funded in part by a Grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1 PM

More information and to register PDF.

To Register

Or call Emily Coder at 267.765.1507 extension 258



Accessible Social Media

Making Social Media Accessible PDF



10 Top Jobs For Candidates With Disabilities

10 Top Jobs For Candidates With Disabilities



Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Justice enter Memorandum of Understanding

On July 23 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Justice will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding to streamline their coordination of investigations of disability discrimination complaints and to increase their collaboration on guidance, outreach, and training.

Read the Memorandum of Understanding


One Thing I Did Get My Last Three Jobs Using LinkedIn

One Thing I Did to Get My Last Three Jobs Using LinkedIn


Janet Fiore, Sierra Group CEO, was nominated HR Consultant of the Year!

Janet Fiore, The Sierra Group CEO, was nominated HR Consultant of the year by Philadelphia Society for Human Resource Management



CareerCast Identifies Eight Best Jobs for Candidates With Disabilities | Careercast Disability

CareerCast identifies eight best jobs for candidates with disabilities.

Janet Fiore, president of The Sierra Group Foundation/, quoted on "Best Jobs for People with Disabilities Report", Forbes Magazine weighs in.



25 Business Representatives Helped 48 Job Seekers with Disabilities

Philadelphia – 25 Business Representatives helped 48 Job Seekers with Disabilities while Celebrating Disability Awareness Month, and training on the "Magic of Assistive Technology!" Thank You – DOC Sierra Group Academy, PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation & Blind Visual Services collaborated again! Resource List – DOC



Coming Soon! 2014 Best Jobs for People with Disabilities Annual Report

Stay tuned for remarkable updates occurring due to 503 Rule Changes! 2013 Report.



"Watch for NEW FAQ's" on the 7% Hiring Goals!

Contractor Compliance Watch

OFCCP FAQ page on Section 503



Starkloff's Next Big Step

Collaboration is key, particularly when it comes to reversing the unemployment rate of Americans with disabilities which is why RecruitDisability is pleased to collaborate with nonprofit providers like Starkloff nationwide.  Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, The Starkloff Disability Institute’s Next Big Step program knows just that and has partnered with several “Role Model Companies” in Missouri to help prepare people with disabilities for the interview and job search process.

Starkloff’s Co-Director David Newburger states, “We help people solve behavioral interview questions – this type of interview is completely novel to our candidates.  Our business volunteers are a big help in this arena.”

Read the full article Starkloff's Next Big Step PDF.

Read the full article Starkloff's Next Big Step MS Word.



New HELP for tracking workers with disabilities now available!, by Janet D. Fiore, President The Sierra Group Foundation/

Hiring and keeping track of employees with disabilities in the workforce is more important to business than ever before. The Affirmative Action clarification recently provided by the OFCCP makes it clear that:

  1. a non-qualified candidate need not be hired to meet an "affirmative action goal"; but it IS ok for a contractor to select a person with a disability OVER a non-disabled candidate;
  2. flexibility and business contractor preference is granted when asking existing employees to self identify a disability for tracking purposes; and
  3. contractors may 'count' a non-responsive reply from an employee if the contractor knows the employee has a disability (even IF the employee chose NOT to self identify).

For full details Google OFCCP + Disability + FAQ's and look for the word NEW. Currently, the direct link is

Watch for updates and FIND candidates and job matches on – Ranked No. 1 by Google Search engines! To buy an ad contact Alicia Lawrence at or 888.501.2278 x174. For more information on employment and disability, visit or call 888.492.2402.



Economist Supports Benefits of Diverse Workforce

Economist supports benefits of diverse workforce – OneMoreWay to spread the news about benefits of hiring Americans with Disabilities, including Veterans. Read the article:



16 Major Regional and US Companies Attended a Job Fair with over 165 Job Seekers with Disabilities

Joanna Tiu, Janet Fiore, Sarah Price
at the Job Fair for People with Disabilities

On March 6th, 16 major regional and U.S. companies attended a Job Fair with over 165 job seekers with disabilities. Co-hosted by, a Program of The Sierra Group Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and its Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services, individuals with disabilities, including Veterans, networked with companies including Jefferson, Comcast, TD Bank, Coca-Cola and more!

In addition to the "Job Fair Floor," Career Exploration activities were offered in The Sierra Group Academy's FULLY ACCESSIBLE computer labs. Immediate job search, online applications and mock interviews were facilitated by OVR Interns, Business Volunteers, and Academy staff and students.

This time-sensitive Job Fair was held just weeks before new Department of Labor rules for Federal Contractors to recruit and employ more individuals with disabilities went into effect on March 24th. The new Rules set a 7% hiring goal, and other recruiting mandates for businesses that sell goods and services to the Federal Government. Americans with disabilities represent the largest group of unemployed Americans. "This is a big change for employers, but a win-win for individuals with disabilities looking to add their talents to America's workforce," said Janet Fiore, President of The Sierra Group Foundation.



Feds Move Forward With Disability Hiring Mandate - Disability Scoop

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the Labor Department rules despite opposition from the construction industry.

"Almost 600,000 people with disabilities could be hired based on the OFCCP Rule change that was effective 3 days ago, on March 24th," notes Janet Fiore, President Sierra Group's RecruitDisability Job board. "As a supporter of AAPD, we join with AAPD's sentiments on this message"

And its time for change. "People with disabilities have been the largest group of unemployed Americans for too long". RecruitDisability serves those looking to BE SEEN, BE HEARD, and BE HIRED!



Vocational Rehab Profession in the News!

National Rehabilitation Counselor Awareness Day (March 22nd)

OFCCP 7% Rule Finally Effective! (March 24)

Jobseekers meeting employers at Recruit Disability PA Office of Vocational Rehab Job Fair

It is fitting that the US Senate Resolution recognizing the importance of the role of the VR counselor community comes just TWO DAYS before the effective date of the landmark Department of Labor's OFCCP Rule Change setting a 7% hiring GOAL for many of America's employers.

You work hard every day to help individuals with disabilities get jobs. We applaud your dedication to helping individuals and families through your expertise!

With the OFCCP Rule change your office is probably busier than ever. We want to help you drive up employment by making it easier for you. That's why we responded when YOU and all of our VR and Business friends of Sierra Group's OneMoreWay Collaborative requested that we create our JOB BOARD! truly is “One More Way” to drive up employment for Americans with Disabilities, including Veterans.

Our successful job board, is popular, FREE and very simple to use. Just click the link below and it will take you directly to our resume upload area, or to search for jobs to match your candidate’s skills.

Let’s show America’s businesses that ‘together’ we do have many ways to provide them with qualified candidates with disabilities for their job openings. Visit today – it is truly 'onemoreway' for your consumers to BE SEEN, BE HEARD, and, BE HIRED!



March 6, 2014 Job Fair –


Philadelphia recruit disability OVR Job Fair logoThe Sierra Group's Job Board is Proud to Partner with Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation's Philadelphia Office to offer a Job Fair for People with Disabilities

When:Thursday, March 6, 2014 10 AM – 3 PM
The Sierra Group Academy
714 Market St., Suite 221
Philadelphia, PA


  1. Upload your Resume on RecruitDisability! Now you're connected to future events, and job openings.
  2. VISIT our RecruitDisability site and SEARCH for jobs! Return often, and register for updates.
  3. Live in the Philadelphia area? Call 1-888-492-2402 to attend a free "Taste of Technology" Open House to learn about our Center City training school.

Read The Best Jobs for Candidates with Disabilities.

MORE About the OVR & JOB FAIR!

The Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment. OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors. Services are provided on an individualized basis. Visit to read more about OVR.

The Philadelphia District OVR Office is our Partner in the March 6, 2014 JOB FAIR for PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES!

RecruitDisability, a Program of The Sierra Group Foundation, is a national job board connecting employers and job seekers with disabilities, including veterans. Post your resume or your job orders today! As a program of The Sierra Group Foundation, the RecruitDisability job board is "OneMoreWay we are driving up employment for Americans with Disabilities, including Veterans!"




Section 503 Self Identification Form

BIZ ALERT! Disability Form AVAILABLE NOW PDF OFCCP Releases the Form for pre-hire use to identify candidates with disabilities.



Industry Panel Discusses New Federal Rules Affecting Hiring & Recruitment of People with Disabilities

Ballard Spahr

Recruit Disability The Sierra Group

On Jan. 15th in Philadelphia experts in the field of disability and employment practices held an event for government contractors, hosted by Ballard Spahr and The Sierra Group's RecruitDisability'. The focus was 'Streamlining the Interview Process' for applicants with disabilities. This timely event was filled to capacity given the upcoming March 24th OFCCP Rule changes. More information.

Sierra Group Ballard Spahr audience

Resources from the Event:

Philadelphia Business Journal covers event

Industry Panel Discusses New Federal Rules Affecting Hiring & Recruitment of People with Disabilities

Handout – Janet Fiore's Article in PDF format

Handout – Janet Fiore's Article in Text format

Video Presentations:

Alex West

Michael Bencrowsky

OFCCP's Rule Change, info on webinars, and more, search

Other Resources:

EEOC site, search for Disability Hiring information

EEOC guidance regarding Temporary Agencies

PA OVR – As Single Point of Contact

PA OVR Directory of Offices

Preference Bias Test by Harvard

Online Interpreter Service Provider

Federal Government Resources: OFCCP FAQs on 503 Final Rule

Download the 500+ page manual of Compliance for Contractors

Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations of Contractors and subcontractors regarding individuals with disabilities.


Focus on Ability - Interviewing Applicants with Disabilities

5 Myths and Facts – Think Beyond the Label

Reasonable Accommodations for Applicants and Interviews Job Accommodation Network

The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, COUNTERPOINT, July 2009 PDF

RecruitDisability Interviewee Video Vignette RNelson saidegarding Accommodation Needs

Save the Date – RecruitDisability/PA OVR Job Fair on March 6, 2014, hireAbility/JEVS Job Fair March 20th

Quarterly Trainings on the New Rules Will be Conducted in our Region. To be added to our invite list, e-mail



COMPLIMENTARY Training on Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities
A Ballard Spahr and The Sierra Group event on January 15, 2014, in Philadelphia

Ballard Spahr

Recruit Disability The Sierra Group

Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities:
Streamlining the Interview Process

The most significant change in affirmative action rules in the past 25 years will take effect in early 2014. Ballard Spahr and The Sierra Group/RecruitDisability invite you to attend an afternoon of networking, resource sharing, and discussion of the rules and hiring and recruitment of individuals with disabilities. The event will be moderated by Edward J. Rogers, District Director of OFCCP's Philadelphia Office.

Expert panelists in the field of disability and employment policies and practices will provide tips, examples, and resources to assist you in recruiting and accommodating people with disabilities during your interview process.

Refreshments will be provided. RSVP today; space is limited!

Register Here.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
2 PM – 4:30 PM

Ballard Spahr
1735 Market Street, 42nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA


Edward J. Rogers, District Director, OFCCP Philadelphia Office


Mary Tiernan, Esq., Program Specialist, Philadelphia EEOC Field Office

Janet Fiore, The Sierra Group/RecruitDisability

Angela Lucas and Christopher Bellias, JEVS Human Services

Vondol D. Hammond, Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Register Here.

For more information, contact Lisa Prickril at



Janet Fiore & OFCCP Director Shui weigh in on Disability Best Jobs Report

Read the Disability Best Jobs Report.



The Sierra Group Foundations' Job Board -- -- Celebrates Anniversary

Read the Anniversary Press Release



National Council on Disability weighs in on how Courts are ruling based on ADAAA

National Council on Disability weighs in on how Courts are ruling based on ADA Amendments Act – Janet Fiore, CEO, The Sierra Group & President observes that "these decisions combined with new Rules by OFCCP regarding disability may just be life changing for the largest group of unemployed Americans!"



Free Training - OFCCP NEW RULES! "Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities" Part 1 The Application Process

Janet Fiore of Sierra Group's RecruitDisability is a panelist for FREE session on OFCCP Linkage Partners! Part 1 of 4 Trainings on Disability & Employment & new Rules. Read the session flyer PDF for more information.



New rules have passed The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs

Rules have passed The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) stating 7% hiring goal for employers to hire people with disabilities! Any business who has Federal Government contracts must comply! This is great news for people with disabilities to find work, and means more traffic on is already underway!!! Read more about the OFCCP regulations PDF.



Disability Awareness & Sensitivity Training

Disability Awareness & Sensitivity Training – One of the most requested training topics I receive is to assist a company, or a professional group to become more aware…sensitive…comfortable with interacting with individuals with disabilities. Understanding the law of exposure, I realize that folks are not always at ease in new situations. The best approach, is to become routine exposed to interactions. This article depicts a great approach from one Ohio based school! The kids there will all be more well rounded adults for the experiences! Janet Fiore, President,, CEO, The Sierra Group, Inc.



Chances of Becoming Disabled

In working to find jobs for people with disabilities, I'm still surprised how many folks ask me questions like, what type of work can a person with a disability do?  Well, I always go on to explain that disability in no way changes the wide range of jobs, interests and work skills that a person has to offer.  Physical limits aside, I'm in the business of helping folks get accommodated for work, school or independence so we always see the ability and the work arounds to mitigate any limit!  That said, at The Sierra Group we are always looking for statistics and information to shed new light on the prevalence and variety of disabilities and disabling conditions in America today.  This article does just that!  Check it out for some thought expanding statistics!  Janet D. Fiore, The Sierra Group/RecruitDisability.

Chances of Becoming Disabled



Businesses weigh in on active recruiting and retention of workers with disabilities! New study by The Conference Board

Workers with Disabilities and Business Benefits

Janet Fiore, CEO The Sierra Group/President is a contributing presenter to the Conference Board on the topic of diversity and disability.



"The Spotlight is on Website Accessibility and other 508 requirements for Federal Government Sites"

More than a decade after it became law, the Federal Governments Office of Management & Budget (OMB) is putting some strong guidelines into place to see that all IET (information and electronic technology) used by the federal government is made accessible to people with disabilities who use assistive technology.

"To me, this matters most when it comes to Web site accessibility," said Janet Fiore, President of The Sierra Group/Recruit "The OMB's requirements will truly be 'one more way' to drive up employment for Americans with Disabilities, including veterans. The 508 standards are also widely followed by the private sector as Web accessibility guidelines. This is progress!"

CIOs told to improve Section 508 standards



Strategic Plan for Improving Management of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Announced

The new strategic plan provides a more comprehensive and structured approach to further improve agencies' management of the requirements of Section 508. This approach includes actions agencies need to take to (1) increase transparency, (2) strengthen accountability, and (3) improve collaboration regarding accessible EIT.

Read the memorandum on the strategic plan – PDF. Update: Seafood Restaurant to Settle Lawsuit for Harassing & Firing Employee Who is Deaf

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant, Inc. will pay $47,814 and provide other relief to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit filed by the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced today.



Putting Wounded Warriors to Work - Hire a Hero!

As of November 5, 2012 there were a total of more than 50,000 soldiers wounded in action in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), and Operation New Dawn (OND).

It has been estimated that as many as 300,000 will return with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), along with another 60,000 estimated to be diagnosed with a combat related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). This totals roughly 410,000 men and women who have become disabled in the line of duty, and now are seeking to re-career into America's already overcrowded job market. And, an estimated one million more are estimated to be transitioning out of the military over the next five years. This article is intended to take a look at this issue as it is currently understood and reported in the mainstream press, and to shed some additional light on both existing government funded benefits and resources that are available to assist both veterans and businesses.

Read more about Putting Wounded Warriors to Work.