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Creating a Strategic Playbook to Attract and Hire People with Disabilities

Nearly 40% of employers are having challenges hiring qualified employees, while at the same time one in five people in the United States have some type of disability and are facing challenges in getting hired.  Some disabilities are visible, such as physical disabilities, and some are hidden; including mental health conditions, medical conditions, learning and cognitive disabilities.  We also have a large population “aging into disability” for the first time …Read More

You’re Not Being Braggadocious: Why it’s OK to Highlight Your Company’s Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

To market, or not to market, that is the question. Hamlet may not have said this exact phrase, but employers across the country are asking themselves this very question, and many have opposite answers…at least when it comes to an inclusive work culture and/or hiring initiatives focused on people with disabilities (PWD) and veterans. Why the debate? Isn’t it a good thing? Of course it is…but let’s take a look …Read More

It’s Time to Rethink Your Hiring Strategy: 9 Reasons to Start Working with External Recruiters

With the unemployment rate near 17-year lows, employers nationwide are recognizing the increased importance of expanding resources towards recruiting and talent acquisition. Long gone are the days where you could post a position on virtually any job board and receive a pool of candidates all highly qualified, ready and willing to work for your organization. Many employers are addressing this issue by beefing up their internal staff with a variety …Read More

How I Unwind – Taming the Ego

“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey The act of “unwinding” is something I’ve struggled with my entire life. You see, living for today and stopping to smell the roses just isn’t how I’m wired. With the inability to quiet my mind, you could say I’m a bit of a …Read More

Partner Spotlight: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

We are thrilled to kickoff Disability Solutions talent partnership spotlight series that highlights community organizations across the country working with people with disabilities, by featuring the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR). I first spoke with Ken Pierson and Janice John of DETR in early 2014 when Disability Solutions launched the third Pepsi ACT site in Las Vegas (we are now currently working with nine Pepsi locations nationwide). …Read More

The Ugly Truth of Online Assessment Testing – A Hiring Manager’s Guide to Effective Pre-Employment Screening

Most of us have had the experience of taking an online assessment or test as part of a job application. No matter the industry and position, the format is often familiar – the applicant is asked questions covering everything under the sun about how they would rate their work performance and ability to work well with others, and then they are re-asked those same questions again in different ways. The …Read More

An Interview with Disability Inclusion Advocate Eileen Grubba

We here at Disability Solutions understand the talent value of people with disabilities (PWD) is often stronger than their non-afflicted counterparts. Each day we work to change the minds of employers in the corporate world that hiring people with disabilities is not only the right thing to do, but it’s good for business. And while we focus on putting PWD to work in the private sector, there are those in …Read More

Eileen Grubba on the Shape of Disability Inclusion in Hollywood

This Sunday, movie aficionados from around the world will tune in to the 90th running of the Academy Awards.  Film’s best will be celebrated as they compete for 24 Oscars up for grabs.  The talent among this year’s nominees is top-notch, with the likes of past Oscar winners including Christopher Plummer, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer.  And the performance by Best Actress nominee Sally Hawkins in …Read More