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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, RecruitDisability.org, CEO, The Sierra Group, Inc.
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.
Businesses weigh in on active recruiting and retention of workers with disabilities! New study by The Conference Board
Janet Fiore, CEO The Sierra Group/President RecruitDisability.org 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 Disability.org. "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!"
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.
Disability.gov 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.
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