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July 25th, 2014 by





The employment landscape has changed greatly in the years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The huge leap in technological advances has created both new opportunities and new challenges for people with disabilities in the workplace. In honor of the ADA anniversary, EARN reached out to Wendy Strobel-Gower, Director of the Northeast ADA Center, and asked her to blog about the importance of accessibility and access in online application systems.

Online application systems, which allow people to apply for open positions within a company using the internet or related electronic data technologies, are becoming increasingly common for all employers. As such, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has addressed this issue in its recently issued a final regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The final rule adds new language stating that the reasonable accommodation obligation extends to the contractor’s use of electronic or online job application systems. Federal contractors must ensure equal access to job opportunities for all applicants, including people with disabilities. Simply stated, accessible online application systems are the most expeditious way to do this.   The gold standard in accessible online systems are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). According to the World Wide Web Consortium, WCAG 2.0 has 12 guidelines that are organized under 4 principles: (more…)

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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