“R” Words: The Rules for Successfully Recruiting and Retaining Individuals with Disabilities
by Nadine Vogel President Springboard Consulting LLC A few months ago, I wrote an article addressing the OFCCP’s new rules to improve job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The article highlighted changes to the regulations impacting Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, requiring U.S. Federal Contractors take affirmative action... Read more
Artistas Diversos is a nonprofit organization founded by the European Institute for Managing Diversity to promote the social and professional inclusion of persons with disabilities through the arts. Artistas Diversos represents artists of all ages and offers them a virtual platform from which to show their work with the... Read more
Most companies have nondiscrimination policies and encourage people with disabilities to identify themselves and request accommodations. Unfortunately, the reality is that most people who have disabilities, even visible ones, choose not to discuss their situations in the work environment. Many “invisible” disabilities are particularly difficult for people to disclose,... Read more
By Peter Linkow Small businesses offer perhaps the most promising  opportunity for the employment of people with disabilities. They create 55 percent of all jobs, and while big businesses have eliminated four million jobs since 1990, small businesses have added eight million jobs. But should small businesses open their... Read more

Dubbed The Final Rule, the new regulations seek to ensure greater access to employment for people with disabilities by obligating federal contractors to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain people with disabilities; and requiring employers to encourage employees with disabilities to self-identify, and report this information to the federal government.

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by Kathie Sandlin “When you are a person with a disability,” my daughter often told me, “you spend your life hearing that your physical limitations are not an issue. Like anyone else, you can accomplish anything you’re willing to work hard to achieve. “It’s just too bad no one... Read more

Anyone in an organization can and should strive to be an inclusive leader.

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Before you hire your next employee, I challenge you to consider someone with a disability.

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By Elizabeth Williams-Riley, President and CEO, American Conference on Diversity Between 2011 and 2016 more than 1 million service members are expected to return home from Iraq and Afghanistan. Transitioning veterans not only face difficulties finding civilian employment in today’s competitive labor market, but they’ll also encounter bias and... Read more

As the largest non-government employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC strives to develop the region’s workforce through various programs, including ones that focus specifically on eliminating barriers to working.

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