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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

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

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

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

The Beginning of a Beautiful Partnership

3 Tips for Partners — Part 3 in a Series of 4 Posts My first post discussed my first partnership development experience with a veterans’ group and why I do what I do. Since that initial meeting, I’ve met with representatives from several other veteran organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, U.S. Vets and other Veteran Affairs Hospitals. They all ask me the same thing – am I there to …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

Diversity within “Disability”

“I know someone with a disability”… Do you know someone with a disability? I am 99.9% sure that all of us can answer that with a “yes”.  Why am I so sure?  1 in 5 people in the United States have some type of disability.  If we can all navigate “six degrees of Kevin Bacon”, I am certain that each one of us knows someone with a disability – but …Read More