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May 14th, 2014 by
by Kathleen Lee, Business Outreach Specialist at Cornell University’s National Employer Technical Assistance, Policy and Research Center on Employment of People with Disabilities

On March 24, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) implemented new Section 503 regulations for federal contractors. Contractors with more than 100 employees are now required to set an aspirational goal to achieve a workforce inclusive of 7 percent of individuals with disabilities in each job category, while businesses with fewer than 100 employees will apply that goal across their workforce as a whole.

Contractors covered under Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) are required to establish an 8 percent benchmark for hiring individuals defined as “protected veterans,” with the option of establishing benchmarks based on regional workforce data at each location of operation.

Across the nation, contractors have (more…)

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March 19th, 2014 by
GregoryWassonWithin the talent management field, there is an ongoing expansion of the definition of diversity. Beyond the historic perceptions of diversity – gender, race, and ethnicity – employers are becoming more aware of the benefits of inclusive work environments that consider a broader array of diversity characteristics. Among the expanding list of diversity characteristics that employers recognize, disability is gaining attention. The changes in federal contractor regulations have played an important role in driving recruitment trends, but so has a deeper understanding of the prevalence and distinctness of the disability experience. To include sourcing talented people with disabilities in recruiting strategies is to acknowledge what Walgreens’ CEO, Gregory Wasson (pictured), shared in an interview with CNBC in August  of 2013: “ People with disabilities are a vastly underutilized resource….We have studies that show 20% fewer accidents in our distribution centers. We have 70% lower workers compensation costs, lower absenteeism, and nearly twice the retention rate of these employees.” (more…)
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March 7th, 2014 by


President Abraham Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln

If you think that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the only United States president with a disability, think again. Our nation has had a distinguished line of presidents with a variety of visible and non-visible disabilities, from epilepsy to hearing impairments to learning disabilities.

For most of these men, speaking publicly about their disability was discouraged during their lifetime. [1] Today, we honor them for overcoming the challenges they faced as individuals with disabilities and for leading and serving our country. [2]

William Jefferson Clinton, 1946- (hearing impairment)
42nd President of the United States (1992-2000); wears hearing aids.


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January 31st, 2014 by

EPRRTC-EffectivePracticesby Kathleen Lee
Employer Assistance and Resource Network

January is National Mentoring Month, which promotes awareness of mentoring programs and ways individuals can lend their support to assist young adults succeed in employment and in life. With well-established programs available across the country, formal mentoring promotes positive outcomes, such as improved self-esteem, social skills and knowledge of career opportunities.

Mentoring is a process where one person facilitates the development of another by sharing resources, expertise, perspectives, and values. At its essence it is a trusting relationship, formalized into a program of structured activities, that allows mentees to build skills and knowledge while also attaining goals for career development. Conversely, it provides the opportunity for the mentor to see his or her skills and knowledge in a new way. Mentoring brings value to everyone involved in its practice. (more…)

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