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David DeaconSan Diego's Channel 10 aired a story on David Deaton, one of the Talent Knows No Limits role models hired by Rincon Harrah's through connection with the Disability Program Navigator at Arbor Career Center, San Diego Workforce Partnership.Watch the video

Building a More Inclusive Work Force
New York Times, July 5, 2011
An inspiring article on training people with disabilities to utilize their specific skills in the workplace notes that businesses in general, as well as business schools, haven’t paid sufficient attention to the competitive value of employees with differences. Read more

Moving From Disability Benefits to Jobs
New York Times, April 7, 2011
An exploration of why Social Security is strained by the number of workers who now collect disability benefits, and why it is so difficult for these beneficiaries to go back to work. Read more

Who Now Qualifies as a Disabled Employee?
Reuters, April 5, 2011
So what is a disability, anyway? Well, the feds have changed the definition and it may mean changes for business owners. Last week, the EEOC issued final guidelines implementing the ADA Amendments Act, expanding the definition of "disability" to include significantly more ailments.Read more

Federal Budget Changes for 2012
March 16, 2011
Disability employers will see several changes in Federal spending; those with disabilities, as well as their advocates and caregivers, will be happy to note expenditures to benefit Americans with disabilities. Read more

SocialSecurity-Disability.org Unveils New Disabling Conditions Articles

SocialSecurity-Disability.orghas announced the unveiling of its Disabling Conditions Information pages. Read more

Employers Gain Access to Database to Recruit Workers with Disabilities

ODEP, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense, today made available the 2011 Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities database. Read the news release and sign up for access

Can you apply for Unemployment AND Social Security Disability at the same time?

The Injury Board Blog Network
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V.A. Is Easing Rules to Cover Stress Disorder

Social Security Administration Press Release
Social Security Adds 38 New Compassionate Allowance Conditions

Disability Employment News
Links to current articles on disability employment.

President Signs ADA Amendments Act
High Praise for Bipartisan Legislation Reviving ADA Protections
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Disability definition expanding to cover medical conditions



Federal Government Enhances Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act Strengthens Commitment to Person-Centered Planning

PR Newswire, WASHINGTON, July 31, 2014

WIOA seeks to address problems related to the high unemployment rate of individuals with disabilities by reauthorizing and reforming core workforce development programs and by transferring independent living program functions from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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New Device Could Make the Wheelchair Obsolete

August 2013

What is Tek RMD from Tek RMC on Vimeo.

For more information about when this device will become available, see the TEK Robotic Mobilization Device website.

Disability Hiring Dominates the News

By: Suzanne Robitaille, Think Beyond the Label Blog, July 5, 2013

The media world has been alit with stories of how people with disabilities are improving the workforce-bringing unique perspectives that drive innovative thinking and boosts employee satisfaction.
BusinessWeek last week profiled Walgreen’s, AMC and Hershey’s, where company leaders gave a multitude of reasons for hiring people with disabilities. In the article, Disabled Recruited From Walgreen to AMC, it’s clear that large businesses are “thinking beyond the label” when it comes to hiring. Read more


California Adopts New Disability Regulations

California Labor & Employment Law Blog, January 7, 2013

New disability regulations took effect December 30, 2012 and are available here.  The new regulations are 23 pages in length and contain definitions of mental and physical disabilities, explain essential versus non-essential job functions, and provide detail on employer and employee responsibilities in engaging in the interactive process and providing reasonable accommodation.

All California employers (in particular, their Human Resources or other personnel responsible for managing leave requests or accommodation requests) should review the new disability regulations to ensure that their practices comply with the standards set forth therein. 

Best Jobs for the Disabled

CareerCast, January 2013
Healthcare’s growing importance in the American economy has particular impact for job seekers with disabilities. Organizations specializing in job placement for the disabled find that healthcare employers offer unrivaled access to careers at a better rate than for any other industry in the nation. For an overview of the best jobs for candidates with disabilities, read more.

Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fair

Recruiting Workers with Disabilities Nationwide!
Qualified job candidates with disabilities now have a direct connection to the employers that are actively recruiting them. The Think Beyond the Label Online Career Fairs create a unique forum and experience for you to engage real time with employers who are ready to hire! People with disabilities and the businesses that employ them are leading, innovating and evolving the workforce. Get registered to participate today!

DATE: March 5, 2013 
TIME: 1:00pm EST to 4:00pm EST

Learn more and register

Reassignment of Disabled Employees

Workforce 4/30/2012
Must an employer reasonably accommodate employees whose disability prevents them from doing their job by reassigning them to an equivalent or lower-level position? On March 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled "no," and held that reassignments are not compulsory.

David Autor on Disability

National Review Online 5/14/12
While the SSDI program is a central component of the U.S. social safety net, it suffers from two substantial ailments that limit its effectiveness and threaten its long-term viability. Read more

Job Growth Seen For People With Disabilities

Disability Scoop 5/4/2012
Job prospects improved significantly for Americans with disabilities in April, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor. Unemployment dropped to 12.5 percent among people with disabilities last month, the government agency said. Though that remains significantly higher than the jobless rate for the general population, the news reflects a marked decline from the 15.2 percent unemployment rate reported in March among this group. Read more

Disability Employment in the Hospitality Industry: Human Resources Considerations

Cornell HR Review  3/31/2012
Customers favor companies that hire and accommodate employees with disabilities as shown by the fact that 93% of customers surveyed said they would prefer to patronize a business that has people with disabilities in its workforce, says a recent study on the hospitality industry. Read more

10 Reasons For Employers To Be Jolly About The ADA (says the EEOC)

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP on 12/9/2011
The American Bar Association sponsored a webinar this week on the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was noteworthy for its inclusion of EEOC commissioners Chai Feldblum (Democrat) and Victoria Lipnic (Republican). Feldblum and Lipnic said that the EEOC is drafting new guidance on reasonable accommodation. The guidance may include what an employer can say to resentful co-workers who don't realize that the employee has a disability. Some realistic, practical advice in this area would be most welcome -- as it is now, confidentiality rules prohibit employers from saying anything, even if it might help co-workers understand and be more tolerant. Read more

Court Rules That Employers Sometimes Have An Obligation To Assist Disabled Employees With Getting To Work Under The ADA

Employer's Law Blog, September 23, 2011
A new unpublished opinion from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reminds employers that requests by disabled employees for assistance with their commute to work are not inherently unreasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). An employer has an affirmative obligation to examine whether a reasonable accommodation exists that could assist an otherwise qualified disabled employee with his or her commute to work. Read more

Senate Considers Ways To Boost Disability Employment

Disability Scoop, July 14, 2011
High expectations are key to increasing competitive employment among those with disabilities, a series of witnesses told a U.S. Senate panel Thursday. The hearing is one of a series Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is holding to address ways to increase disability employment after issuing a challenge to businesses earlier this year to increase the number of people with disabilities in the workforce to 6 million by 2015. Read more

Myths and Stereotypes About Mental Disabilities Greatest Barrier to Employment

March 15, 2011
EEOC Hears Experts and Individuals with Mental Disabilities Detail Struggles to Gain Employment at Meeting
WASHINGTON - The greatest barrier to employment for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities are employers’ myths and fears about their condition, not the disabilities themselves, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) learned at a hearing held today. Read more

Tax credits reward hiring of disabled workers

February 13, 2011
Tax incentives are available to all private employers for the hiring and employment of individuals with disabilities.

The record of people with disabilities hired to "real" jobs has shown them to be safer on the job, more frequently on time to work, more productive and more loyal to their employer than their nondisabled counterparts, which are attributes that are looked for and prized by employers. Read more

Focus on Abilities, Not Disabilities

Huffington Post, October 13, 2010
Goodwill®, not only trains people with disabilities to find jobs and excel in their careers: they also employ many people with disabilities around the world.They know from experience that people with disabilities are hard-working and enthusiastic employees, who want to experience the pride and independence that come from a day's work, just like everyone else. Read more...