Event Highlights Best Practices for Disability and Veterans Inclusion Last week, more than 75 corporate leaders gathered for the 4th annual Conference on Employment of People with Disabilities convened by Georgetown University in partnership with the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center. Held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., this year’s event focused on strategies for recruiting and retaining veterans with disabilities.
Disability Employment Tracker Deadline Fast Approaching This year’s deadline for enrolling in the Disability Employment Tracker is March 2. Sponsored by the National Organization on Disability in partnership with the National Business & Disability Council and Sirota, this tool helps companies self-assess their readiness to launch or improve disability hiring initiatives. This year, DiversityInc will consider enrollment a factor when determining its Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities list.
White House Welcomes Disability Employment Leaders On Tuesday, leaders in disability inclusion exchanged insight at a White House summit dedicated to the topic. The agenda included panels on best practices across the employment life cycle and strategies for ensuring the next generation of workers with disabilities is prepared for tomorrow’s jobs. During the event, the White House also unveiled a new Resource Guide for Employers developed as part of its Curb Cuts to the Middle Class initiative.
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Promoting the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce
February 18, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST
There is still time to register for this webcast, which is the second in a three-part monthly series sponsored by the Job Accommodation Network. The speaker will be Jo Linda Johnson from the Transportation Security Administration, who will field questions related to reasonable accommodations, conduct rules and job performance. Participants do not need to have participated in the series’ first webcast to participate.
Best Practices and Success in Inclusive Employment in the Hospitality Sector
February 19, 1:30-3:00 p.m. EST
On February 19, RespectAbility will sponsor a webinar exploring best practices in disability inclusion in the hospitality sector. Speakers include David Scott from Embassy Suites and Courtyard by Marriott Hotels in Omaha-La Vista, NE, and Valentini Kalargyrou, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management at the University of New Hampshire.
An upcoming Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) webinar will address accessibility in Microsoft Word. This is ATAP’s second in a four-part webinar series on accessibility basics, and the presenter will be T.J. Schlouski from the Illinois Assistive Technology Program. Future topics include accessibility in PowerPoint and multi-media products.
Global professional services firm Ernst & Young, LLP (EY) has earned great praise for its diversity and inclusion practices and was recently ranked number one on DiversityInc’s list of top employers for people with disabilities. Its commitment extends to accessible technology and other workplace supports that empower EY’s talent to perform to their fullest potential. “Our staff is incredibly in-demand, so it’s in our best interest to invest in them and give them the tools they need to do their job effectively,” says Lori Golden, EY’s abilities strategy leader.
Recent research indicates that Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)—also called Business Resource Groups or Affinity Groups—can help companies achieve their disability inclusion goals by fostering an environment in which applicants and employees with disabilities feel comfortable self-identifying as such. EARN’s Toolkit for Establishing and Maintaining Successful Employee Resource Groups can help employers understand this and the many other benefits of ERGs and the steps involved in establishing or enhancing one.
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center), which 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.