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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

Disability Solutions Wakes Up Connecticut

Disability Solutions’ Kevin McCloskey sat down with Good Morning Connecticut’s Scott McDonnell to discuss National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  October celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. Disability Solutions, helps businesses connect with people with disabilities to fill positions from the mailroom to the boardroom. Kevin explains how they are changing minds and changing lives. Click Here to Watch – Disability Solutions, Good Morning Connecticut: (WTNH)-National Disability Employment Awareness Month …Read More

Managing Diabetes: An Employer/Employee Success Story

As we celebrate National Diabetes Month this November, I sat down with David Morey, recently retired Senior Operating System Controller of General Electric, to understand how he managed his disability in a senior position and worked with his employer to continue his heavy workload. An overlooked disability that affects a significant amount of employees and jobseekers, diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States.  In 2012 …Read More

Hiring Veterans: The Importance of Partnerships

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day today, I thought I would share a little from some of my previous blogs about the work we do in building partnerships between employers looking for great talent and organizations that assist Veterans with the job search process.  When I first meet with organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, U.S. Vets, and others, they all ask me the same thing – does my employer client …Read More

Autism Awareness Month

It’s that time of the year again! April 1st marks the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. During the month of April, Disability Solutions will highlight corporations who are leading the way in employing talent on the spectrum, and those who are bringing awareness to Autism. While we take this month to become more aware about Autism and how it affects those with the diagnosis and their families, this initiative reminds …Read More

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

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