By Monica Sucha Vickers, Author of My Extraordinary Life I was born in 1954 with no legs and no right arm. This was undoubtedly due to the thalidomide scandal in the 1950s; however, the records have been “lost” and thus, there is no positive confirmation. I was born in Kansas but grew up in Nebraska.… Read the full article
By Debra Marcelle-Coney, PhD, and Myrna Molinari, MSW, LCSW, CAP, Department of Veteran Affairs The thought of a learning disability never crosses the minds of most people. Some may dismiss the idea and assume it is a few tendencies or possible characteristics of something else. As a result, the association between transposition of a few… Read the full article
By Nadine VogelPresident, Springboard Consulting LLC If a company is a U.S. federal contractor or subcontractor, its Diversity, HR, and EEO professionals are most likely aware of the 7 percent hiring goal proposed by the OFCCP. With President Obama’s re-election, a President who has shown tremendous support for improving job opportunities for individuals with disabilities,… Read the full article
By Nadine VogelPresident, Springboard Consulting LLC Essential functions job descriptions are a crucial component of HR compliance, especially useful in the mitigation of risk when it comes to the talent acquisition, management, and potential termination of individuals with disabilities. In light of recent changes made to the ADA and pending OFCCP legislation, essential functions has… Read the full article
The veterans issue has raised the visibility of the needs for people with disabilities and diversity and inclusion practitioners need to be sure that they are adequately equipped to address these issues in your organizations.
2012 was a tipping point for many diversity and inclusion (D&I) issues in this country and around the globe. We saw a number of defining moments, many of them controversial and misunderstood, that will require the attention of D&I experts this year and beyond.
By Nadine VogelPresident, Springboard Consulting LLC Many companies now celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a day annually observed on December 3rd to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide. This year’s theme is “Removing Barriers to Create an Inclusive and Accessible Society for All.” Over one billion… Read the full article
Aside from the obvious social good, employing individuals with Asperger Syndrome is good for business—it can attract a significant market share, reduce employee turnover, and increase productivity.
Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), has launched an initiative which aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.
As a four-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and five-time World Champion sprinter, I can say the most important lesson I learned on the track was the concept of pushing myself beyond my own perceived limitations. Athletics has taught me how to overcome adversity and take risks.