Archive for the ‘Business & Community’ Category

Maine Wants to Give People With Disabilities a “Ticket to Work”

January 23rd, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Lawmakers in Maine have made employment for people with disabilities a priority in 2013, with the introduction of legislation that will increase workforce training and job opportunities for these individuals. The “Ticket to Work” bill was the first piece of business introduced by Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves when Maine began its legislative session last […]

People With Disabilities Find Job Success in Idaho

January 22nd, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

The state of Idaho has kicked off 2013 with the launch of a new website that connects employers and people with disabilities, and contains resources that help facilitate the recruitment and hiring of these individuals. is a federally funded resource, according to the article found in the January 18 edition of Idaho Press-Tribune, and […]

People With Disabilities at High Risk for Flu, Says CDC

January 21st, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Flu season has come early this year, and Massachusetts has been hit particularly hard by the current strain. Wakefield Observer reporter Nicolas Iovino noted on Friday that 18 deaths in the state have been attributed to influenza thus far in 2013. One hospital official he spoke with said patients with flu-like symptoms have increased by […]

PG&E Recognized for Employing People With Disabilities

January 18th, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Congratulations to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for not only making Careers and the disABLED magazine’s “Top 50 Employers for Persons with Disabilities” for the first time, but also for taking enough pride in the accomplishment to issue a press release over PR Newswire about it. The San Francisco-based natural gas and electric […]

Disability Equality Index Coming in 2013

January 17th, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Two national organizations leading the charge for more employment opportunities for people with disabilities have joined forces to create a tool that helps businesses establish benchmarks toward achieving that goal. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) announced their plan for the Disability Equality Index (DEI) back in […]

Employment for People With Disabilities Rises for Fourth Straight Month

January 15th, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Monthly unemployment statistics for the 2012 calendar year closed on a high-note for people with disabilities. According to Shaun Heasley’s article on Disability Scoop, the one-point drop reported by the U.S. Department of Labor “marked the fourth consecutive month that the unemployment rate declined” for these individuals. Despite some mid-year fluctuations, the 11.7% figure for […]

Pieces Coming Together for Better Employment of People With Disabilities

January 11th, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Judy Owens’ Diary of a Start-up blog for Forbes should be bookmarked by anyone interested in the employment outlook of people with disabilities. For over a year now, the St. Petersburg, Florida, entrepreneur has provided a running account of her launch of Opportunity Works, Inc., a job placement service for people with disabilities, and it has […]

New Orleans Gym Builds Up Employees With Disabilities

January 10th, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Hiring people with disabilities has been a healthy business decision for a gym in the New Orleans suburbs, improving the workplace while providing skills and work experience to these individuals and easing the demand on taxpayer-supported services. Kari Dequine Harden, who works in the New Orleans bureau of the Baton Rouge’s daily, The Advocate, visited […]

Made in Mass: Local Employment Opportunities for People With Disabilities (Part 3)

January 9th, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Picking up where we left off yesterday in the examination of the Boston Globe online feature, “Products made in Massachusetts,” to see which ones might provide good employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Alden Rowing Shells This Boxborough manufacturer of recreational and competitive rowing shells and accessories is frequently credited as making the sport accessible […]

Made in Mass: Local Employment Opportunities for People With Disabilities (Part 2)

January 8th, 2013 |  By Chris Lenois

Today, we continue looking at manufacturing companies listed in the Boston Globe online feature, “Products made in Massachusetts,” to find where people with disabilities might be a good fit for employment opportunities. Cubist Pharmaceuticals Much like HP Hood, the HR department for this Lexington drug manufacturer uses inclusive phrasing (“Reasonable accommodations may be made to […]