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When Hiring a Worker With a Disability, Focus on the Person, Not the Disability

Posted By Anne Long | Jan 27, 2014

Jan. 14 --Becoming known as an organization that is truly friendly to those with disabilities involves a change in mindset, according to an advocate and an HR specialist.  >>> Read More


Posted By Anne Long | Jan 27, 2014

Disability Rights Wisconsin, People First Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities published a recent article entitled READY, WILLING, AND ABLE TO WORK: Supporting Employers to Hire Workers with DisabilitiesThis article discusses the state of employment for people living with disabilities, as well as policy recommendations to improve job opportunities for people with disabilities living in Wisconsin.  

New Report About Employment Outcomes for Young Adults

Posted By Anne Long | Jan 16, 2014

A new ICI report -
Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2004-2011 - shows the trend employment outcomes of young adults 16 to 21 years old and 22 to 30 years in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data are from the American Community Survey, the RSA-911, and the National Core Indicators datasets. The report was funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Kessler Foundation: Employment Status Survey of People With Disabilities

Posted By Anne Long | Jan 14, 2014

Deadline: March 3, 2014

Award Ceiling: $500,000

The Kessler Foundation is seeking proposals from qualified public and nonprofit teams experienced in survey research and design to conduct a comprehensive survey on the employment status of working age persons (ages 18 to 64) with disabilities. The objective of this nationally representative survey is to inform the general public, disability advocates, the business community, government, funders, and others about the status of employment for individuals with disabilities. This information can be used for research, employment recruitment and hiring, policy development, and grant making. Candidates are expected to design the survey instrument as well as sampling and data collection methodologies; select or acquire survey samples; collect, process, and analyze data; and prepare a written report of survey results.

Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and other Disabilities

Posted By Anne Long | Jan 13, 2014

To learn more about the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing purposeful planned health-care transition planning and its impact on employment for youth with chronic health conditions and other disabilities, view the policy brief from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Help Make Online Job Tools More Accessible to People With Intellectual Disabilities

Posted By Anne Long | Dec 18, 2013

People with disabilities have significant challenges in life, but those challenges don’t have to be insurmountable − and certainly shouldn’t be when it comes to performing basic job duties or seeking employment. However, people with intellectual disabilities, cognitive issues, traumatic brain injuries or other similar disabilities may find that accessing the Internet and using online software programs pose a significant barrier to meaningful and successful employment.  Read more>>