Archive for April, 2012

April 16th, 2012

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Greenhouse Jobs Provide Growth for People With Disabilities

With spring so much in the air this past weekend, it’s only appropriate we take some time to smell the flowers; not to mention the soil and the fertilizer that bring forth these beautifully blooming buds. The photo gallery accompanying last week’s Tulsa World article on people with disabilities working and getting job training in [...]

April 13th, 2012

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Contract Service Workers More Motivated Than Most

When the Maine Chamber of Commerce and the state departments of labor and health and human services held their conference in Freeport demonstrating the value of employing people with disabilities to area businesses earlier this month (which we touched on to make a point about outsourcing to Americans), Portland’s television station, WCSH channel 6, was [...]

April 12th, 2012

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Fitchburg Man With Disability Making Most of Time and Talents

Remember this January story about Preston Dwoskin? The 20-year-old man from Marysville, Washington, was lobbying state legislators for more inclusiveness of people with disabilities in schools and planning a run for city council. He also had aspirations to follow in the family tradition of serving at even higher levels of government. Now Massachusetts has its [...]

April 11th, 2012

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Soft Skills Pay the Bills for Young People With Disabilities

“April showers bring May flowers,” goes the old adage. And for young people, this is the time of year to plant seeds for summer employment opportunities; then tend to them so they’ll blossom into jobs that can “make it rain,” to borrow a more contemporary saying. A summer job is often a teenager’s first experience [...]

April 10th, 2012

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U.S. Makes Employment Gains, So Do People With Disabilities

The small gains in U.S. employment during March had a positive impact for people with disabilities. Shaun Heasley of Disability Scoop reported last Friday that the latest figures from the Department of Labor showed unemployment for people with disabilities dropping from 15.8% to 15.2% over the past month, as the economy added 120,000 jobs overall. [...]

April 9th, 2012

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Career Training for People With Disabilities Pays Off for Businesses and Workers

The last time we checked in on employment opportunities for people with disabilities in Asia, we found a Chinese entrepreneur named Li Ping touting his success in reducing employee turnover at nearly two dozen Papa John’s franchises in Shanghai. The key component to boosting his profitability: a mindful approach to training people with disabilities that [...]

April 6th, 2012

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Versatility Key to Success of Contract Labor Services

Just like any other business, contract services have to evolve to stay in step with changes in the marketplace; meaning that people with disabilities who work in these environments have to be equally adaptable to learning new skills. In Missouri, a contract services organization is finding more work in recycling and packing than its traditional [...]

April 5th, 2012

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Outsourcing to Americans Requires Federal-State Collaborations

How to bring outsourced jobs back to Americans continues to be a story worthy of media coverage. There had been an uptick in manufacturing jobs returning to American shores even before President Obama made the issue a central part of his most recent State of the Union address. These are the kinds of jobs economists [...]

April 4th, 2012

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Contract Service Programs Aid Youths’ Transition Into Community

The Newark Advocate reporter L.B. Whyde’s profile of employment specialist Linda Hogue this past Monday illustrates the potential that can be tapped in young people with disabilities when given the opportunity to work. Hogue’s organization provides contract services for area businesses, where people with disabilities perform manual tasks that include jewelry-making and water bottle assembly. [...]

April 3rd, 2012

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Contract Labor Adding to Bottom Line of Workers With Disabilities

Sometimes, when examining how contract labor services provide people with disabilities the opportunity to acquire skills and experience that can help them transition to other work environments, we neglect the immediate benefit this type of work has on one’s bank account. But we are quickly reminded of the main reason many of us get up [...]

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