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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

Disability Solutions Kevin McCloskey Discusses Our Work Live on Air

Disability Solutions’ Director of Partnership Engagement, Kevin McCloskey, recently gave two interviews in the greater Connecticut area where he discussed our work employing people with disabilities while also shining a light and raising awareness for March’s Development Disability Month.  Listen to both right here! Disability Solutions – The Pilot House – Annual Bowl to Benefit The Umbrella Center WTIC Public Affairs At Home CT 3/11/18

Changing Minds and Changing Lives: The Measurable Business Benefits of Hiring 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

Eileen Grubba on the Shape of Disability Inclusion in Hollywood

This Sunday, movie aficionados from around the world will tune in to the 90th running of the Academy Awards.  Film’s best will be celebrated as they compete for 24 Oscars up for grabs.  The talent among this year’s nominees is top-notch, with the likes of past Oscar winners including Christopher Plummer, Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Meryl Streep and Octavia Spencer.  And the performance by Best Actress nominee Sally Hawkins in …Read More

How to Lose Employees in a Hurry – The Newbie Treatment

Reducing employee turnover is a central goal of any organization. For each employee lost, turnover costs can easily amount to $5K+, depending on the position. Just think of the cost of new job postings, recruiting fees, training, increased OT from other employees filling the load and lost productivity. It adds up quick with turnover taking a significant bite out of profits. When analyzing turnover, organizations often take a top-down perspective, …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

Rudolph Has Talent

I recently sat down with my family to watch a collection of Christmas cartoons and movies, a holiday tradition that I’m sure many of you share.  Among our family favorites are the classics A Charlie Brown Christmas and Frosty the Snowman, as well as a few newer ones such as a Trolls Holiday and Shrek the Halls.  While those films are near and dear to our family, no holiday collection could possibly be complete without the 1964 timeless classic, Rudolph …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