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SIERRA GROUP NEWS & EVENTS FROM 2005:

SIERRA GROUP NEWS & EVENTS FROM 2004:


The Sierra Group is Keynote Speaker for Employer Breakfasts at the Diversity Jobs Fairs.

In an effort to more solidly incorporate disability into the concept of diversity in the workplace, DiversityJobFairs.com invited The Sierra Group, to kick off their Employer Breakfast at the recent Diversity Job Fairs in both King of Prussia and Philadelphia, PA on June 21 and June 22.

For more details view or download our press release. PDF - 64 K

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Janet Fiore Helps Write Legislation

"President Bush Signs Assistive Technology Act"

Janet D. Fiore, CEO, The Sierra Group, Inc., sat on the task force with the Senate Help Committee to help write this legislation.

For more information on this legislation see the Association of AssistiveTechnology Act (ATAP) Projects.

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Keynote Address: "Disability & The Workforce of the Future: High Tech, High Touch and High Rate of Turnover ... Opportunities and Answers for a Changing Economy." by Janet D. Fiore, CEO, The Sierra Group, Inc. Consultant, Trainer, Speaker.

Janet Fiore kicked off the 4th Annual Brain Injury Association's Pennsylvania conference in Harrisburg on Monday June 28th, addressing approximately 300 conference participants regarding the ever changing role of Technology as a tool to increase employment opportunities for people with brain injury.

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Janet Fiore has accepted the position of co-chair of the 2005 Governmental Affairs Committee of the National Rehabilitation Association:

Fiore states, "I was honored to be approached by President, Patricia Murphy to serve in this role along with my esteemed colleague, George Ackerman, Program Director Special Education at Kent State University."

"What really excites me are the plans that George has laid out for us to work throughout the year with our committee, and Patricia Leahy, the association's director of Governmental affairs to gain a stronger voice, via more membership involvement. Watch for more news as we strengthen the volume, clarify the details through targeted constituent communications to Congress regarding funding for education, training, accommodating and job placement for people with disabilities."

More information on the National Rehabilitation Association.

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Janet Fiore, CEO of The Sierra Group Wins Mary E. Switzer Award.

On April 9, 2005 in Harrisburg, PA, Janet Fiore, CEO of The Sierra Group, received the Mary E. Switzer award from the Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Association. This award honors Janet for her distinguished service in the field of rehabilitation and her significant contributions to legislative issues.

View press release celebrating Janet's award. PDF - 132 K

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"Rehabilitation & Technology - Acting Outside the Box," by Janet Fiore, CEO of The Sierra Group and Greg Johnson, president of Susquehanna Rehabilitation.

Janet Fiore, CEO of The Sierra Group, Inc. will address the 29th Annual Eastern Claims Conference on Monday, the 28th of February at 10:15-11:45. The conference is designed to serve a broad audience of professionals devoted to Life, Disability, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Health Claims Management.

Session attendees will learn methodology and techniques to increase return to work methods by actively utilizing cutting edge technology. From repetitive stress injuries, to stroke, mental illness or multiple severe disabilities; case scenarios will identify best practices for combined approaches to vocational rehabilitation. Participants will receive an entry level 'How To' guide that will aid in adding rehabilitation technology to traditional case management and claims handling.

The 'How To' guide will include:
  • How to identify the need for high or low-tech 'solution'
  • How to obtain the 'right device'
  • How to add the technology to the vocational return to work plan.

See the Eastern Claims Conference web site to participate or for further conference information.

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CHECK OUT the Jan. 05, 2005 Issue of Contemporary Rehab Magazine (December 2004, Vol. 60, No. 7) for Michael Fiore's article on "Section 508: How it is driving technology and the employment of people with disabilities?"

In the article, Michael Fiore, Rehabilitation Engineer, The Sierra Group, Inc., writes: "In today's technology driven workforce, assistive technology is a vital tool in employment. Roadblocks exist when compatibility issues arise. One of the practical benefits of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is forcing the issue of 'electronic curb cuts' or universal access to information technology (IT) suppliers thereby benefiting assistive technology users."

You can read or download the full article at:

Section 508 and employment. MS Word - 26 K

Section 508 and employment. PDF - 23 K


EVENTS FROM 2004:

The Sierra Group, Inc. Acquires Pembroke, Jackie Pickering:

King of Prussia, PA (December 17, 2004)

The Sierra Group has added a new weapon to their arsenal in the fight to reverse the rate of unemployment for persons with disabilities. The firm is proud to announce the acquisition and merger with Pembroke Consultants of Exton, Pennsylvania.

See the full press release.

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Sierra Group lauded in Public Private Partnership

OVeRVIEW is a monthly online publication with news and events of interest to customers of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Pennsylvanians with disabilities. This issue of OVeRVIEW celebrates the collaborative public-private efforts of The Sierra Group, Liberty Resources, and Office of Vocational Rehabilitation. Click on the thumbnail image or text link below to read or download the newsletter.

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Download or read OVeRVIEW. PDF - 153 K

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Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey Distance Learning Association

Are You 508 Compliant?

On March 11, 2004 The Sierra Group gave insight into what Section 508 means to you, your company, and your clients with examples that bring these legal standards to life for the training professional who uses information technology as a means of delivery.

For more information on the seminar see http://www.padla.org/Padla_presentation_desc.htm .

To order a videotape of the webcast contact The Sierra Group.

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2004 Governor's Committee Youth Leadership Awards Nominations:

The Governor's Committee on Employment with Disabilities (GCEPD) wishes to recognize the accomplishments of Pennsylvania youth with disabilities with a Governor's Committee Youth Leadership Award. This award will be presented at the 51st Annual Conference this Fall.

They are seeking candidates who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential in:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Extra Curricular Activities
  • Community Service
  • Work or Vocational Experience

You can read or download the eligibility and submission requirements at:

Eligibility and submission requirements. MS Word 41kb

Eligibility and submission requirementst. PDF - 132 K

Candidate applications must be received by June 30, 2004 to be eligible for selection - so start nominating!

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