Actors with Disabilities

Actors with Disabilities

Disability, Diversity and Inclusion After successfully working with Netflix casting to find a young actress that authentically used a wheelchair for their series "The Healing Powers of Dude" abilityE became a reality. The system helps connect talented performers with disabilities to the entertainment industry. Studios and casting offices have a resource to tap into a wealth of talent and search specific types of disabilities if the roll calls for it. abilityE also works to encourage casting agents and studios ... Read more
Online Career Fair – ACCESSIBLE platform for Job Seekers with Disabilities

Online Career Fair – ACCESSIBLE platform for Job Seekers with Disabilities

the ACCESSIBLE revolution! ABILITY Job Fair (AJF is a service of ABILITYCorps.org) presents an accessible face to face video career fair technology to corporations, governments and non-profits so they may actively recruit candidates in the most human and efficient way available. This is the first platform to emulate the live career fair experience accessible for job seekers with or without disABILITIES. Providing sign language interpreters within the platform: For many people that are deaf, English is their second language. Sign language ... Read more
Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Deciding if, when, and how to share disability-related information with a prospective or current employer can be overwhelming. The decision-making process requires answering a number of personal questions that may be different with each employment experience. There is no single right or wrong approach to disclosing a disability. The disability disclosure decision-making process can include questions like: “Do I have an obligation to disclose?” “When is the right time?” “How much information does the employer need?” and “How will ... Read more
Defining Disability

Defining Disability

It’s critical that employers understand the diversity and prevalence of disability, as well as what it means—practically and legally—in order to ensure an inclusive workplace for all. For many, the word “disability” conjures images of individuals who use wheelchairs or who are blind or deaf. But according to a 2011 World Health Organization report, disability is a far more diverse part of the human experience; it affects all of us at some point of our lives, either directly or ... Read more
Knowing When to Request Medical Information

Knowing When to Request Medical Information

JAN Consultants respond to a variety of inquiries from employers about the ADA rules related to asking for medical information in response to receiving an accommodation request. Sometimes employers are uneasy about making medical inquiries and requesting medical documentation. The ADA does not require employers to request medical information after receiving a request for accommodation. However, in some situations, employers feel compelled to request medical information because sometimes the disability and need for accommodation are not known or obvious. ... Read more
Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Accommodations

Although we may be qualified to get the job done, we may need to request assistance by way of reasonable accommodations as stated under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You might wonder, “Are all employers required to make reasonable accommodations?”or “How do I make the request?”. The Job Accommodation Network has a great tool for learning more about which employers fall under Title I of the ADA. JAN also offers helpful suggestions for a process job seekers can use, ... Read more
New Research on Disability and the Workplace

New Research on Disability and the Workplace

A recent State of the Science conference in Washington, DC, highlighted new findings in the area of disability and employment. The event, presented by the Employer Practices Rehabilitation Research Training Center (EPRRTC), offered initial findings that could help inform the way employers approach employees with disabilities. The following research may have immediate applications: EMPLOYEE DISCLOSURE This issue is multifaceted and is gaining more importance with the publication of new Section 503 regulations from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance ... Read more
Federal Contractors Creating a Culture of Inclusion

Federal Contractors Creating a Culture of Inclusion

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) implemented new 503 regulations for federal contractors. Contractors with more than 100 employees are required to set an aspirational goal to achieve a workforce inclusive of 7 percent of individuals with disabilities in each job category while businesses with fewer than 100 employees apply that goal across their workforce as a whole. Contractors covered under Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) are required to establish an 8 percent ... Read more
Balancing Work, Life and Disability

Balancing Work, Life and Disability

Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by a seemingly endless to-do list both at work and at home? Perhaps you’re tackling these tasks with a physical or mental impairment? You’re not alone. Finding a balance between work and the rest of your life isn’t easy, and having a disability can make it even more challenging. With funding from the National Institute of Disability Research, the Employment and Disability Institute at Cornell University is currently conducting research on the topic ... Read more
Internships + Mentoring = a Win-Win

Internships + Mentoring = a Win-Win

For years, studies have shown that people who participate in college internships-where they have opportunities to be exposed to the professional workplace, enhance their networking skills, and build their résumés-become more viable candidates, increasing the likelihood they’ll get and keep a job. Surveys conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) have indicated that employers draw 40 percent of their new hires from their own internship programs. This is also true when the intern happens to have ... Read more

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