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The Force is Strong With This One

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there is a new Star Wars film coming out. One of our “solutions” at Disability Solutions is to support our clients to hire and retain talent with disabilities.  Over the past two and a half years I’ve been doing just that – and like Darth Vader I find myself saying to a colleague, a community partner and ultimately my client that “The Force …Read More

Understanding What It Means To Hire A Veteran

On November 11th, 2015, we as a nation celebrate Veteran’s Day. I’d love to spend a few minutes describing the entire history of Veteran’s Day as it was established until where it lays today, but my word count would be too long. In short, Veteran’s Day is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Over …Read More

Understanding What “Accommodation” Means For Employers and Candidates with Disabilities

In the discussion about hiring people with disabilities, it’s important that employers and job candidates start from a similar understanding. While some employees experience catastrophic disability and are unlikely to return to work, others come from a different disability experience. These employees encounter a “setback” disability, which involves time away from employment, but offers the prospect of returning to work, either directly or indirectly related to their past occupation. Because …Read More

Profile: Rising Tide Car Wash

Over the month of April you’ve most likely seen the color blue sneaking into your view. April is Autism Awareness Month in the US – that may be why your Facebook feed has been buzzing blue or why you’ve seen iconic landmarks around the globe (including the Empire State Building in New York City) lit blue.  To celebrate, I’m taking a look at Rising Tide Car Wash, a Parkland-based pioneering social enterprise that helps young people …Read More

Profile: Nick Cannon

This week I continue to celebrate African American History Month by focusing on individuals who have made a positive impact by overcoming barriers and changing perceptions by disclosing their disability at the same time showcasing their ability and success in their field. I had a rare chance to meet my next subject, Nick Cannon: film star, comedian, TV and radio host, musician, writer, director, executive producer and philanthropist. In August …Read More

Profile: Stevie Wonder

For the month of February we celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their impact on our culture.  The month of February also celebrates the biggest night in music with the GRAMMY Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry.  This year the Recording Academy will also present An All-Star Grammy Salute to Stevie Wonder to celebrate the 25-time GRAMMY winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement recipient.  In the …Read More

Profile: Derrick Coleman

For the month of February I’m celebrating African American History Month by focusing on individuals who have made a positive impact by overcoming barriers and changing perceptions by disclosing their disability at the same time showcasing their ability and success in their field. Since I’m a huge NFL fan and the Super bowl is upon us, my first profile is Derrick Coleman: the fullback for the Seattle Seahawks. Derrick Coleman, …Read More

Beyond Checkbox Compliance: Implementing the New OFCCP Regulations

It’s a new year and for federal contractors a critical area of focus is preparing new affirmative action plans (AAPs) in accordance to the new regulations for Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 503) and the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) that became effective March 24, 2014. At this point practitioners in the field of EEO/Affirmative Action compliance are well versed in the new requirements and are …Read More

Boots on the Ground – Finding Your Veteran Partnership

3 Tips for Employers — Part 4 in a Series In my recruiting efforts I do some soft skills training. I work with my partners’ referrals on interview tips, how to work with co-workers, how to receive constructive feedback and so on. Recently in Las Vegas I collaborated with the Wounded Warrior Project. Of course, my flight into Sin City was delayed and I showed up late to the training. …Read More

The Positive Interviewing Strategy:

Increase Success in Identifying High Potential Jobseekers with Disabilities The process of interviewing jobseekers has a simple goal: Identify the jobseeker with the highest potential for success. The interviewer’s objective is to engage each candidate in such a way that he or she can accurately judge the jobseeker’s likelihood of success in the both the job itself and within organization. The cost of not getting this right? Substantial. Poor hiring …Read More