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The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 57 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. 

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Through our Disability Employment Innovation Lab, the National Organization on Disability partners with leading employers, educational institutions and philanthropic organizations to design and pilot innovative approaches to disability inclusion.

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The National Organization on Disability is a leading resource for businesses seeking to access the talent pool of nearly 24 million working-age people with disabilities who are not employed. Our best-in-class Disability Employment Professional Services provide the tools and expert guidance to:

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  • Develop accessible and inclusive workplaces
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Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

Nov 14, 2016

Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

For more than thirty years, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) has been striving to increase job opportunities and economic self-sufficiency for the 29 million working aged Americans with disabilities. Much of our work involves connecting employers seeking to expand their diversity initiatives with work-ready candidates....

Employees Need to Feel Comfortable Disclosing Disabilities at Work | Blog by NOD President Carol Glazer

Oct 20, 2016

Employees Need to Feel Comfortable Disclosing Disabilities at Work | Blog by NOD President Carol Glazer

The National Organization on Disability was proud to serve as a knowledge partner with the Working Mother Research Institute and PwC on this important new survey, Disabilities in the Workplace.

Oct 20, 2016

"Disabilities in the Workplace" Working Mother Research Institute Unveils New Study

Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) says, “We find anecdotally that disclosing a disability at work can free up a huge amount of ‘emotional real estate.’…Being one’s full self at work, by disclosing a disability at a disability-friendly employer, can increase productivity by increasing trust with co-workers, bosses and lessen the stress from hiding it.”

Disability Business Roundtable | NOD's Chairman and Corporate Partners Featured in USDOL Blog

Oct 17, 2016

Disability Business Roundtable | NOD's Chairman and Corporate Partners Featured in USDOL Blog

The roundtable provided a forum for businesses to share best practices, effective strategies, experiences and lessons learned [in disability employment and] ... tapped into the knowledge and experience of corporate leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to opening the doors of opportunity and fostering a welcoming workplace.

National Focus On Disability Reminds Us Of The Urgency Of Our Work  | Blog by Carol Glazer

Oct 4, 2016

National Focus On Disability Reminds Us Of The Urgency Of Our Work | Blog by Carol Glazer

The race for highly educated professional talent is on, and American businesses are increasingly looking to the untapped potential of people with disabilities to stay competitive and get ahead...

National Organization on Disability Welcomes Three Prominent Companies to Corporate Leadership Council

Jul 28, 2016

National Organization on Disability Welcomes Three Prominent Companies to Corporate Leadership Council

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is pleased to welcome three prominent companies to its Corporate Leadership Council – a group of companies who distinguish themselves as leaders in diversity and employers of choice for people with disabilities. The Corporate Leadership Council welcomes Johnson & Johnson to the President’s Circle, as well as CSC and Mondelēz to its Corporate Circle.

A Chance for Every Willing Worker | Op-ed by NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge

Jul 26, 2016

A Chance for Every Willing Worker | Op-ed by NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge

Our success in the global economy depends, more than ever, on how well we inspire and put to use the talent and energies of every person in this country – every talent, every skill, every ability. That is why the National Organization on Disability was created – to see to it that no ability is wasted, and that everyone has a full and equal chance to play a part in our national progress.

My Son With a Disability Deserves the Same Opportunities as Everyone

Jul 26, 2016

My Son With a Disability Deserves the Same Opportunities as Everyone

More than ever before, people with disabilities are present throughout American society—carrying on our daily lives as workers, consumers, students, neighbors and volunteers—and contributing greatly to our national and community life. But America still has a long way to go to close the gaps in levels of participation between people with and without disabilities. We can start by raising our expectations...

Fulfilling the Promise of the ADA: Innovative Talent Strategies Are Driving Corporate Success | Blog by Carol Glazer

Jul 26, 2016

Fulfilling the Promise of the ADA: Innovative Talent Strategies Are Driving Corporate Success | Blog by Carol Glazer

Still today, 24 million working-age Americans with disabilities are not employed. The next step in our progress to realize the ADA is clear: ensure that people with disabilities enjoy full opportunity for employment, enterprise and earnings, and that employers know how to put their talents to work. For us at NOD, that means innovating scalable and sustainable disability employment models that marry the talent needs of corporate America with the skills of working-aged Americans with disabilities...

Workers with disabilities Can Solve Corporate America's Talent Vacancies | Gov. Tom Ridge on Fox Business

Jul 13, 2016

Workers with disabilities Can Solve Corporate America's Talent Vacancies | Gov. Tom Ridge on Fox Business

Today, Gov. Tom Ridge, Chairman of the National Organization on Disability, spoke with Fox Business about the many benefits Americans with disabilities are offering to the business community.

National Organization on Disability Announces 2016 ‘Leading Disability Employer Seal’ Winners

Jun 9, 2016

National Organization on Disability Announces 2016 ‘Leading Disability Employer Seal’ Winners

The National Organization on Disability today announced the 27 organizations that have been selected to receive the 2016 Leading Disability Employer Seal™. The Seal is a new effort by NOD to recognize companies that demonstrate exemplary hiring and employment practices for people with disabilities.

How Close Are You to Reaching Your Goal for Employing People with Disabilities?

Jan 18, 2016

How Close Are You to Reaching Your Goal for Employing People with Disabilities?

According to Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability (NOD), which works on increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, complying with new regulations for Section 503 should be viewed as more of a "journey" than a destination...

US DOL to Federal Contractors: “The Waiting Period Is Over” To Hire People with Disabilities

Dec 8, 2015

US DOL to Federal Contractors: “The Waiting Period Is Over” To Hire People with Disabilities

Since quotas are not legal, Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization on Disability, said that in order for federal contractors to move toward attaining the 7 percent goal they must be very aware of what they are doing and how they are doing it. Glazer suggests utilizing a system to track applicants and hires with disabilities. “You have to keep that on file,” said Glazer. “You have to assess your practices to see how you’re doing. And you have to invite people to self identify voluntarily...”

Savvy Companies Have Discovered an Often Overlooked Talent Pool—and Are Reaping the Benefits

Nov 11, 2015

Savvy Companies Have Discovered an Often Overlooked Talent Pool—and Are Reaping the Benefits

Organizations that are welcoming disabled workers are certainly seeing the benefits. “Companies have found that people with disabilities have positive attributes that might not immediately come to mind,” says Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability. “It takes problem-solving skills, resilience, and sheer tenacity to navigate a world that isn’t necessarily built for you...

Starbucks Largest Roasting Plant Offers Job Training for People With Disabilities

Sep 15, 2015

Starbucks Largest Roasting Plant Offers Job Training for People With Disabilities

When Carol Glazer visited Starbucks headquarters in Seattle last fall to meet graduates from a unique training program at the company’s roasting plant in Carson City, Nevada, she wasn’t surprised to see pride in the faces of those…