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Thoughts on Disclosing a Disability

Individuals with “invisible” disabilities are often faced with the decision as whether they should self-identify to an employer.  Even professionals with physical disabilities may have conditions which are not readily visible. Should they disclose? Let’s examine this question and why the decision to self-identify can be difficult. One of the strongest reasons why the decision to self-identify is so difficult is that there is a great deal of fear surrounding …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