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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

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

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

Breaking Barriers: The Toya Robinson Story

Toya Robinson has a lot to celebrate.  Many of us have hurdles and obstacles in life but for Toya, she has had to overcome more than most.  Toya is a Customer Service Representative with Synchrony Financial in Kettering, OH who just completed her one-year work anniversary.  Toya also suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS).  She is a young woman who has survived multiple major surgeries, which have forced her to rely …Read More

Kris Foss sits down with WestFair Online

A nonprofit consulting service in Fairfield County is helping corporations recruit qualified talent among disabled persons, a demographic with higher rates of unemployment and underemployment and a lesser share of white-collar occupations among its ranks than the rest of the American population. Kristine Foss, managing director of Disability Solutions, at her office in Bethel. Photo by Phil Hall. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 18 percent of persons …Read More

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

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

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

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