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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

The Ugly Truth of Online Assessment Testing – A Hiring Manager’s Guide to Effective Pre-Employment Screening

Most of us have had the experience of taking an online assessment or test as part of a job application. No matter the industry and position, the format is often familiar – the applicant is asked questions covering everything under the sun about how they would rate their work performance and ability to work well with others, and then they are re-asked those same questions again in different ways. The …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

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

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

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

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