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Help! I’m Depressed and I Drink too Much!

As an employer, have you had an employee tell you that they are struggling with a mental health or substance abuse issue? Would you want to know? As many as 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. has a mental illness/substance abuse disorder, so chances are a significant portion of your employees could use your support in this area, but are not willing to speak up and ask for help. …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

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

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

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

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

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