Archive for November, 2012

November 15th, 2012

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Australian HR Professionals Want Goals for Hiring People With Disabilities

Rachel Nickless’s story, “Push to hire people with disabilities,” in Tuesday’s Australian Financial Review begins with a lot of familiar-sounding circumstances to those found here in the United States. Workforce participation by this demographic trends far behind the national average. Businesses make little to no effort to incorporate people with disabilities into their diversity recruitment [...]

November 14th, 2012

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Outsourcing to Americans Remains a Hot Topic in Post-Election Fallout

Several post-mortem analyses of the 2012 presidential election have credited the Obama campaign for its portrayal of Mitt Romney as an “outsourcer-in-chief” in the minds of voters who were concerned about American jobs. Aides to the GOP candidate attempted to draw distinctions between the practice of sending jobs overseas and contracting with other American companies [...]

November 13th, 2012

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Delaware Seeks to Expand Employment Opportunities for People With Disabilities

Yesterday’s post showed advocates in Wisconsin at odds over the best approach for providing career training and employment opportunities to people with disabilities. The Badger State is not alone in its efforts to evolve service for this underserved population, as Beth Miller reports in her in-depth article for The News Journal of Delaware, published on [...]

November 12th, 2012

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Advocates Present Different Models for Employing People With Disabilities

Two op-eds found in last Wednesday’s edition of The Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin, illustrate some of the philosophical differences found within organizations sharing the same mission of providing employment opportunities and career training for people with disabilities. Advocates for people with disabilities in The Badger State have been taking a long, hard look at [...]

November 9th, 2012

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Friday News Roundup: The Election and People With Disabilities

Demographics is the buzzword of current post-election analysis. Outlets like ABC News are crediting women, Latinos, and African-Americans for making the difference in re-electing President Obama. But so far there has been no breakdown of how people with disabilities may have voted — or how many went to the polls — on Tuesday to vote [...]

November 8th, 2012

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Obama’s Victory Speech Includes People With Disabilities. Will His Policies Do the Same?

As election night turned into election morning, I realized it would not be possible to stay awake through President Obama’s victory speech. I remained alert enough to see Governor Romney accept the outcome more graciously than other conservatives (cough… Karl Rove… cough), but my eyelids closed soon after the President walked on stage with his [...]

November 7th, 2012

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Hurricane Sandy Impacting Lives of People With Disabilities

When natural disasters strike, many people with disabilities depend on emergency first responders and the kindness of family members and neighbors to survive. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy tearing across the eastern seaboard last week, many such stories are still coming to light. CBS This Morning took a good, long look at the impact [...]

November 6th, 2012

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On Voting Day, Issues Affecting People With Disabilities Reflect National Choices

Voting day is finally here. We’ve tried to look beyond the record-setting spending on ads during the campaign and shed light on how the positions of candidate’s on both the federal and state level will impact the lives of people with disabilities. But none of it matters unless each and every citizen exercises his or [...]

November 5th, 2012

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New ODEP Video Series Enhances Interpersonal Skills for People With Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Employment Disability Policy (ODEP) continued to flesh out its “Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” curriculum with the release of free video vignettes last week. ODEP timed the release of the video series to coincide with National Disability Employment Awareness month, according to [...]

November 2nd, 2012

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Friday News Roundup: Last Thoughts on NDEAM 2012

The latest employment report from the U.S. Department of Labor has yet to be released at the time of this writing, so we won’t know for sure if the projected addition of 158,000 jobs in September will make a dent in the unemployment rate for people with disabilities, or if the figure is even accurate. [...]

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