November 30, 2016
In this Issue: Aging Workers, Consumer Attitude Survey and More
Accommodating an Aging Workforce
A recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) blog post highlights the fact that the American workforce is aging, noting that by 2024, one in four workers will be age 55 or older. This projection stems from multiple factors, among them increased life expectancy and the desire to stay employed to ensure a steady income and maintain employer-based health coverage. Many of these employees may develop disabilities as they age, or existing disabilities may become more significant. As a result, they may require reasonable accommodations as they continue to contribute experience and insight to the workforce. Read the DOL blog post or learn more about strategies for retaining the talents of older workers.
Survey on Consumer Attitudes About Disability
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2016, celebrated in October, the Marketing Anthropology Project (MAP), a program of the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center, released the results of a survey exploring the correlation between consumers’ purchasing decisions and their perceptions of a business’ practices toward the disability community. Key findings reveal that high percentages of consumers will be more likely to patronize a business if it employees people with disabilities, features them in advertising and/or takes steps to ensure accessibility, both physical and virtual. Read more about the NBDC MAP survey.
Ensuring Inclusive Holiday Gatherings
With the holiday season now in full swing, many companies will be gathering employees to celebrate the year past and toast to success in the one ahead. In planning such parties – whether around the holidays or any time of year – it’s important to make sure all employees, including employees with disabilities, can join in the festivities. For helpful guidance on planning accessible, inclusive parties, the Mid-Atlantic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center’s “Guide to Accessible Events and Meetings” offers tips that can assist with everything from venue selection to catering to food allergies and sensitivities. Read the Guide to Accessible Events and Meetings.
Connecting Grads with Disabilities and High-Demand Jobs
In a recent op-ed, National Organization on Disability (NOD) President Carol Glazer discussed the urgency of connecting college graduates with disabilities with employers in high-demand industries seeking their skills – and how her organization, in collaboration with Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD), is working to overcome related challenges by working with career and disability student services professionals on campuses nationwide. Among these challenges include not only barriers in terms of physical or technological accessibility, but also those such as confidentiality, stigma and bias. Read more about the NOD-COSD partnership.
Last month, EARN hosted a webinar on how employers can tap the talents of veterans with disabilities. This highly attended webinar will be archived soon. In the meantime, employers and others interested in the topic can check out the “Disabled Veterans” section of AskEARN.org, which includes frequently asked questions and information about accommodations, tax incentives and related legislation, including the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, which applies to all employers, and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, which applies to federal contractors.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
December 13, 2016, 1:30 p.m. ET
Webinar: Best Practices in Action – Employment, Mentoring and the National Disability Mentoring Coalition
This webinar sponsored by RespectAbility will feature Derek Shields of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition, which aims to increase the awareness, quality and impact of mentoring for individuals with disabilities across the nation. Employers are encouraged to participate to learn how mentoring programs, whether formal or informal, can assist in increasing disability inclusion within their organizations and provide many benefits for individual mentors and mentees alike. Register for the mentoring webinar.
December 15, 2016
Deadline: Rising Leaders Mentoring Program
The Rising Leaders Mentoring Program, a collaborative project between the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) – an EARN partner – and Cornell University’s Yang-Tan Institute on Disability and Employment, is now recruiting mentors for the 2017 year. This program provides a six-month (March – August) career mentoring opportunity to college students and recent graduates with disabilities through linkages to business professionals from USBLN companies. Learn more about the program.
January 13, 2017
Deadline: Disability Equality Index Registration
The deadline to register for the 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) is fast approaching! Sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities and the U.S. Business Leadership Network – an EARN partner – this benchmarking tool provides businesses an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on disability inclusion policies and practices. The first DEI launched in 2014 and was open to Fortune 1000 companies only. Now, companies with 500 or more employees can participate. Learn more about the DEI.
Central High School of Philadelphia
Founded in 1836, Central High School is a four-year college preparatory magnet high school and the second-oldest continuously run public high school in the U.S. To assist with its information technology needs, in recent years the school has sponsored apprentices from an information technology apprenticeship program run by the Urban Technology Project, a joint initiative between Communities In Schools of Philadelphia Inc. and the School District of Philadelphia. This program actively works to attract all qualified individuals, including people with disabilities – such as Central’s current IT apprentice, Derek Schwartz, who is hard of hearing.
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.