Archive for September, 2012

September 28th, 2012

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The Boston Globe Op-Ed Emphasizes Benefits of Partnerships for Employing People With Disabilities

In case you missed it, Wednesday’s edition of The Boston Globe contained an op-ed calling for greater collaboration among employers, foundations, and the public sector to bring more employment opportunities and career training for people with disabilities in Massachusetts. “A template for job training programs for people with disabilities” was co-authored by the leaders of two [...]

September 27th, 2012

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Online Career Fair for People With Disabilities Scheduled for Oct. 16

Think Beyond the Label is partnering with Brazen Careerist to stage a nationwide online job fair for people with disabilities seeking employment during National Disability Employment Awareness month. The release in Think Beyond the Label’s online press room says the October 16 event will connect participating companies to qualified job seekers with disabilities who are [...]

September 26th, 2012

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Massachusetts Joins ODEP’s Disability Employment Initiative Program

Massachusetts is one of seven new states joining the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a program of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) designed to advance education, training, and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. On Friday, Shaun Heasley of Disability Scoop reported that ODEP has allocated more than $20 million [...]

September 25th, 2012

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Passion the Key to Career Advancement for People With Disabilities

While working on yesterday’s post about the success of Gitanjali Gems, the headline of another Harvard Business Review blog post caught our eye even though it did not directly address jobs for people with disabilities. After reading it, however, it may help explain the why companies that hire these individuals are rewarded with enthusiastic and [...]

September 24th, 2012

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Harvard Business Review Makes Case for Hiring People With Disabilities

What began as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative for an Indian gem and jewelry business has turned into a wise business decision that has made a positive impact on its bottom line; all thanks to investing in employment and career training for people with disabilities. The success story of Gitanjali Gems was chronicled by [...]

September 21st, 2012

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Friday News Roundup: People With Disabilities on the Job

Time to take a break from big-picture policy issues facing people with disabilities and look at some of the ways these individuals are making life matter through employment in their communities. Let’s start with a hearty congratulations to Wood County, Ohio, which last month was recognized by the state for having the highest employment rate [...]

September 20th, 2012

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ODEP Announces Disability App Challenge Contest Winners

While we were in the midst of analyzing how the respective platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties would impact people with disabilities during the current election cycle and enjoying some terrific action from the 2012 Paralympic Games, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the winners of the $10,000 Disability Employment App Challenge it launched [...]

September 19th, 2012

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Outsourcing to Americans a Key Theme of DNC Speeches

Between former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s rundown on education reform in his state, and both Delaware Lieutenant Governor Sher Valenzuela and Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania) making heartfelt connections to families of children born with disabilities, it’s likely that the Republican National Convention more directly addressed these individuals that its Democratic party counterparts did a week [...]

September 18th, 2012

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Messages for People With Disabilities at the Democratic National Convention

Advocates for people with disabilities were no doubt pleased to see their constituents given specific attention in the democratic party platform document, which was released on the eve of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, earlier this month. The copy of Moving America Forward found on the Democratic National Committee website has a [...]

September 17th, 2012

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Contract Services Can Help Keep Manufacturing Jobs in Massachusetts

To no one’s surprise, monthly unemployment statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor continued to disappoint. People with disabilities could not even share satisfaction in the minuscule reduction of the unemployment rate from 8.3% to 8.1%. That figure is still better than the 0.3% increase in experienced by this demographic. Shaun Heasley of Disability Scoop [...]

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