Archive for July, 2012

July 31st, 2012

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People With Disabilities Ready to Fill Rising Demand for Temp Workers

News from earlier this month that temporary and contract employment is on the rise has triggered reporters across the country to check in with agencies that hire workers to fill jobs; painting an overall picture where full-time work may not be returning anytime soon. Traditionally, a spike in temp jobs is a sign of economic [...]

July 30th, 2012

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As Tables Continue to Turn on Outsourcing, Will U.S. Workforce Keep Up?

The onset of the Olympic Games in London may, at least temporarily, shift media focus away from the issue of outsourcing American manufacturing jobs that has dominated the news cycle of late. Don’t mistake the absence of news coverage for resolution of the issue, however; with the latest monthly unemployment figures from the U.S. Department [...]

July 27th, 2012

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Friday News Roundup: Hiring People With Disabilities at a Turning Point

With yesterday’s anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law came the expected plethora of news stories about how people with disabilities are faring under its statutes 22 years later. While some articles focused on the equal accessibility of services and requirements for public accommodation that most people associate with the [...]

July 26th, 2012

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On ADA Anniversary, Augusta Man With Disabilities Pays It Forward

“Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down,” President George H.W. Bush exclaimed to thundering applause just before signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law 22 years ago today. Thousands of people had gathered on the south lawn of the White House to bear witness and celebrate the culmination of decades [...]

July 25th, 2012

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Entrepreneurism a Viable Option for People With Disabilities

Last week, the blog welcomed a guest post by Megan Totka, chief editor of, in which she provided several valuable links to resources for people with disabilities who wanted to start their own business. She also provided a compelling case for why this might be the best course of action for those with [...]

July 24th, 2012

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Florida Op-Ed Illustrates How Lack of Employment for People With Disabilities Impacts Entire Family

An op-ed in the TC Palm earlier this month calls on the state of Florida to devote more resources toward equal access to contract services opportunities for people with disabilities, citing the financial and emotional strain placed on the families of these individuals once they are out of the school system. As a former vice [...]

July 23rd, 2012

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As ADA Anniversary Approaches, Employment Is One of the Last Frontiers of Equality for People With Disabilities

This Thursday will mark the 22nd anniversary of the signing into law of The Americans with Disabilities Act. As the Wikipedia entry notes, the passage of the ADA is every bit as meaningful as The Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it comes to protecting the rights of individuals against discrimination in American society. At [...]

July 20th, 2012

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Friday News Roundup: People With Disabilities in the Workforce

Good news was coming fast and furious at the beginning of this week on the job front for people with disabilities. Between Delaware Governor Jack Markell introducing his “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities” initiative upon ascending to chair of the the National Governor’s Association on Sunday, and Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who [...]

July 19th, 2012

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Employing People With Disabilities Has Bipartisan Support, Perceptual Challenges Remain

First of all, it’s great that a website with the national readership of The Daily Beast would pick up the story about Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s initiative as chair of the National Governor’s Association (NGA) to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The article by Eleanor Clift, who is also a contributing editor to [...]

July 18th, 2012

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Senator Wants to Make Employing People With Disabilities “A National Priority”

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is using his position as Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) to lobby public officials and leaders of private industry to set goals for job training, recruiting, and employment of people with disabilities. On Monday, Harkin’s office published Unfinished Business: Making Employment of People [...]

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