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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

Mark Lang Makes an Impact on Synchrony Financial

Disability Solutions not only creates and implements disability hiring and retention initiatives for our clients but we also provide career services for jobseekers. One of the programs we offer is our Soft Skills course. This career training program provides jobseekers with the skills and insight to score interviews and land fulfilling jobs with supportive employers. Our Consultant Keith Meadows met Mark Lang at one of the Soft Skills courses. Reflecting …Read More

Social Constructs of Disability

What is a disability? When asked this question most of us think of what’s commonly known as the medical model of disability. The medical model focuses on the individual and is seen in most common definitions of the word. The Oxford Dictionary defines it as “a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities.”  When we look at disabilities not as an individual/medical issue, but as …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

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 – 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

The Positive Interviewing Strategy:

Increase Success in Identifying High Potential Jobseekers with Disabilities The process of interviewing jobseekers has a simple goal: Identify the jobseeker with the highest potential for success. The interviewer’s objective is to engage each candidate in such a way that he or she can accurately judge the jobseeker’s likelihood of success in the both the job itself and within organization. The cost of not getting this right? Substantial. Poor hiring …Read More

WHY IS IT SO HARD TO FIND (AND HIRE) PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?

I have to be honest, I have spent 2 MONTHS writing this single blog post. Bloggers block? Laziness? Frustration? Probably. After attending a conference in August, I decided I was going to write the classic bright shiny objects (BSO) blog, an opportunity to point out what I saw as obvious distractions in the current approaches to outreach and hiring in the disability talent pool. After a chat with a friend …Read More