Top Companies for Diversity, Including Disability DiversityInc released its list of 2016 “Top 50 Companies for Diversity” last week at an event in New York City attracting more than 900 senior executives. Kaiser Permanente took the top spot in the rankings. Also released were 13 lists for select specialty areas, including a “Top 9 Companies for People with Disabilities.” Leading that list was Northrop Grumman, followed by Lockheed Martin, EY, Comcast NBCUniversal, Accenture, Sodexo, Prudential Financial, Monsanto and The Hartford Financial Services Group.
Disability Training – Just-in-Time! The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released two new online training modules: The Value Proposition for Engaging People with Disabilities and Disability Awareness to Increase Your Comfort, Confidence and Competence. These two modules are the latest in JAN’s “Just-in-Time” training series. Fully accessible, these “turn-key” curricula offer an easy way for organizations to demonstrate a commitment to a disability-friendly workplace – and diligence in ensuring all employees understand their responsibilities in fulfilling it. Best of all, they’re free!
Section 501 NPRM Webinar Recap An archive of EARN’s Apr. 14 webinar, Reaffirming the Commitment: Understanding the Proposed Changes to Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, is now available for anyone unable to participate in the live event, which featured Akinyemi Banjo from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy; Aaron Konopasky and Anupa Iyer from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; and Bobby Silverstein from Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC. In addition, EARN’s National Project Director, Brett Sheats, wrote a blog post summarizing key takeaways.
Positive Signals in Disability Employment According to the latest monthly National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report issued by the Kessler Foundation and the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, steady economic indicators signal an upswing in the employment rate for people with disabilities. Although the labor force participation rate of people with disabilities decreased slightly from March 2015 to March 2016, the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increased by almost half a percent, which can be interpreted as a sign of good news to come in the year ahead.
Trends from the 2016 Disability Employment Tracker™
May 4, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET
In this webinar, Barbara Spitzer of the National Organization on Disability and Dr. Pete Rutigliano of Sirota Consulting will share information on the trends revealed by the 2016 Disability Employment Tracker™, an annual corporate self-assessment tool focused on inclusive employment practices.
nTIDE Lunch & Learn
May 6, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. ET
This webinar, hosted monthly in correspondence with the release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly job report, will share results of the latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) findings, along with the latest news and updates from the world of disability employment.
Identifying What People with Physical Disabilities Want and Need to Know About Employment
May 12, 2016, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. ET
This webcast will present findings from research conducted on the employment of people with multiple sclerosis; however, all stakeholders with an interest in improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities, including employers and service providers, are encouraged to attend.
Rising Tide Car Wash opened in 2013 as the brainchild of John D’Eri, an entrepreneur whose son, Andrew, has autism. The Parkland, Florida establishment employs a number of people on the autism spectrum, and both John and Andrew’s brother, who manage the business together, actively work to help other business owners understand the value people with disabilities can add to their bottom line.
With summer right around the corner, many employers may be considering taking on interns interested in gaining work experience in their chosen fields of study. The EARN website offers information to assist in ensuring such opportunities are open to all qualified individuals and a positive experience for employer and employee alike.
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org
Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.