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Five Observations over Five years

Changing Minds and Changing Lives through Disability Inclusion Celebrations give us a chance to recognize accomplishments, individually and as a team, and to have some fun after hard work.  Celebrations also give us another big opportunity: to reflect back in order to move forward.  As we celebrate our five year anniversary at Disability Solutions, I took that opportunity.  Many things have changed for the better, yet a lot of work …Read More

Veteran Rolls the Dice: Pepsi ACT Las Vegas

HOT OPPORTUNITY It was April in Las Vegas, four months before the opening of Pepsi’s new facility, when I first met Juan Olivo while hosting an open house with the Wounded Warrior Project. Through his positive attitude and the firm handshake, I immediately knew Juan would make a great addition to any company if his background fit the position. Luckily for us both they did. Juan recently ended his time …Read More

What NOT to Do When You Hire A New Employee

Reducing employee turnover is a priority for nearly all companies. However, the new employee is often neglected and employers miss this “golden key” when working to increase retention rates. Companies often analyze turnover from a top-down perspective, focusing on existing employees and ensuring their happiness first. While it can be beneficial to do so, a critical piece is often overlooked: the new employee.  The average cost of turnover starts at …Read More

Pepsi ACT Team Honored with PepsiCo’s Global Harvey C. Russell Inclusion Award

Contact Kim Bragoli Disability Solutions @Ability Beyond Phone: 203-826-3185 4 Berkshire Blvd Bethel, CT 06801 www.disabilitysolutionsatwork.com  PEPSI ACT TEAM HONORED WITH PEPSICO’S GLOBAL HARVEY C. RUSSELL INCLUSION AWARD [Bethel, CT]  – Disability Solutions @Ability Beyond is thrilled to announce that the Pepsi Achieving Change Together (ACT) Team has been recognized with PepsiCo’s prestigious Global Harvey C. Russell Inclusion Award. Working together with Disability Solutions, the Pepsi ACT Team was commended …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 Beginning of a Beautiful Partnership

3 Tips for Partners — Part 3 in a Series of 4 Posts My first post discussed my first partnership development experience with a veterans’ group and why I do what I do. Since that initial meeting, I’ve met with representatives from several other veteran organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, U.S. Vets and other Veteran Affairs Hospitals. They all ask me the same thing – am I there to …Read More

Pepsi ACT – Letter from a Wounded Warrior

In February of 2012, I awoke from surgery in Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego and realized I was going to have to reevaluate my future career path. My dream of being a police officer was shattered, and I was looking all over the hospital for my ‘cat-like reflexes’ that had suddenly disappeared after that first surgery. I was placed on a medical hold, and after several more surgeries, I was finally cleared to retire …Read More