Archive for May, 2012

May 31st, 2012

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New Kansas Law Encourages Hiring People With Disabilities

It is one of the happy incidents of the federal system that a single courageous State may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country. So wrote U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in a 1932 dissenting opinion, helping coin [...]

May 30th, 2012

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DOL’s Rule for Hiring People With Disabilities: Benchmark or Barrier?

Government officials continue to wrangle with the private business sector over the proposed rule requiring government contractors to track recruiting and hiring practices of people with disabilities, with Marjorie Censer’s May 27 Washington Post article providing some of the deepest insights — and sharpest remarks — from both side since the comment period began back [...]

May 29th, 2012

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Labor Dept. Announces $10K Disability Employment App Challenge

Technology developers were given something to dream about over Memorial Day, with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announcing its first disability-related application challenge just before the long weekend. The ODEP press release stated the goals of the challenge is to help boost employment opportunities for people with disabilities in a [...]

May 25th, 2012

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Young People With Disabilities at Work to Change Perceptions

Next week, the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services will host the 2012 National Transition Conference, bringing together federal agencies, community rehabilitation services, employment professionals individuals with disabilities and their families, and others to, as the website puts it, “improve the transition from school to adult life for young adults [...]

May 24th, 2012

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Remembering Disability Rights Advocate Katie Beckett (1978-2012)

I had a couple more stories about individuals with disabilities in the workplace to share in relation to this week’s postings about role models; but we have to pause today and honor the life of one who has truly made life matter for so many who have followed. Mary Katherine “Katie” Beckett passed away last [...]

May 23rd, 2012

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Employees With Disabilities See Themselves as Role Models

Yesterday’s rumination on comic book superheroes who have disabilities served to reinforce a common theme on this blog: people with disabilities looking for role models within popular culture. One doesn’t need to wear a mask and cape to be a hero, however. As employment for people with disabilities continues to lag behind the national rate, [...]

May 22nd, 2012

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New Comic Book Features Hero With Disability

The Avengers movie continued to dominate the box office for a third straight weekend; sinking the premier of Battleship and quashing opening weekend draws for The Dictator. With Batman: The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man 3D waiting in the wings, it looks like comic book-based movies will rule the world of summer blockbusters [...]

May 21st, 2012

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New Product Puts People With Disabilities to Work in Wyoming

Kicking off the week is a wire story that will hopefully get picked up by media outlets looking to shine a light on employment opportunities for people disabilities. And by “wire story” I don’t only mean a release put out by PRWeb, but also a story about wires and what to do about them. The [...]

May 18th, 2012

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Inclusion Is the Theme for 2012 National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Workforce inclusion has been a consistent theme from advocates for people with disabilities in their attempts to improve the quantity and quality of employment opportunities. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) formalized it as part of its official theme for 2012 National Disability Employment Awareness Month this coming [...]

May 17th, 2012

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Walgreens Gets People With Disabilities REDI for Customer Service Jobs

America’s largest drugstore chain continued its commitment to employing people with disabilities with Monday’s announcement of a new customer service training program, the National Retail Employees with Disabilities Initiative (REDI). According to the press release, Walgreens has operated a pilot version of the REDI program in Texas for the past couple of years. Following its [...]

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