Increasing Employment Opportunity
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has been a leader in advancing opportunities for people with all kinds of disabilities for over 30 years. Known for its standard-setting data and its best-in-class disability employment models, NOD is a respected voice at the table in both national and corporate policy discussions and is governed by an active Board of Directors of corporate leaders and chaired by First Secretary of Homeland Security and Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.
NOD is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Today, NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.
Founded in 1982, NOD is one of the oldest cross-disability organizations in the country, and remains one of the few organizations committed to representing all Americans with disabilities, regardless of their particular condition or circumstances.
NOD’s vision is that people with disabilities will be actively recruited for a broad range of jobs and careers, and employers will be rewarded by the high productivity, problem solving abilities and diversity of thinking that people with disabilities bring to the workforce. Workers with disabilities will have positive financial incentives to work; receive the education and training they need to prepare them for successful job performance; and have the accommodations and professional development opportunities needed for career advancement.