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Nov 20, 2017
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How Is Your Company Addressing this Trillion Dollar Issue?

Ignoring mental health in your workplace can affect productivity and the bottom line 6 key takeaways from NOD’s Fall Corporate Leadership Council Roundtable On November 1st, the National Organization on Disability held our Corporate Leadership Council Fall Luncheon and Roundtable. Hosted at Sony’s New York offices, the event centered on the topic of mental health […]

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Nov 8, 2017
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Is Your Company Supporting Veterans in the Workplace?

A veterans’ hiring initiative can make a significant impact on your company’s bottom-line due to characteristics they offer from military training, like a solution-oriented approach, loyalty, and integrity, among others. However, studies have shown most veterans leave their first job upon returning to civilian life within two years. Employers can play a pivotal role in the reintegration process by creating a welcoming and supportive environment.

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Nov 3, 2017
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Parents of Disabled Children Can Develop PTSD

I know because it happened to me. Twenty-five years ago my first son, Jacob, was born with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. Doctors told us Jacob would grow up with both physical and intellectual disabilities. What those doctors didn’t tell me at the time was the emotional toll his illness would take on me. It’s a story all too familiar for parents of children with severe disabilities, yet many of us struggle in silence. This week I decided to share my story publicly for the first time at a mental health forum in New York.

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Oct 27, 2017
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Cracks in ‘Talent Pipeline’ Pose Risks for Employers, College Students With Disabilities

Frankly, America’s colleges and universities would do well to examine what RIT and other leaders in career services are doing right, because many, if not most, are getting it wrong. Nationally, students with disabilities take twice as long to secure a job after graduation. And of the 1.4 million college students with disabilities, about 60-percent of them can expect to not find a job when they graduate. Talk about a harsh dose of reality for young people who simply want to contribute.

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Oct 18, 2017
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The Visible and Invisible Challenges that Workers with Disabilities Face

The National Organization on Disability reports “on average that 3.2% of their workforces are employees with disabilities.” The study’s authors attribute low disclosure rates to workers not realizing they can be considered to have a disability under the new federal guidelines. And, more intentionally, many employees with disabilities “are counseled by family, friends, even employment attorneys, to avoid disclosing their disabilities—for fear of discrimination and other negative repercussions.”

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Oct 16, 2017
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The Hidden Cost of Disability Discrimination

If you’re in the US, about 30 percent of college-educated employees working full time in white-collar jobs have some kind of disability under the federal definition that was expanded last year, a new study from the Center for Talent Innovation found. That’s almost one in three employees. That’s far more than the 3.2 percent that “self-identify” to employers tracked by the National Organization on Disability, according to the study, which the CTI said is the first of its kind.

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Oct 12, 2017
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Five Questions with Alicia “AJ” Petross of The Hershey Company

Alicia “AJ” Petross is a leader in diversity and inclusion.  As Senior Director Global Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, and Engagement at The Hershey Company, AJ  has a track record of success in building trust throughout the organization and leading new and exciting approaches to diversity and inclusion. Because of Hershey’s exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities, the National Organization on Disability recently named the company a 2017 NOD Leading Disability Employer.

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Sep 18, 2017

Inclusive Design Can Remove Barriers, Prevent Social Isolation

“To have a solution that isolates a person is not true inclusion,” Maryellen Reardon of Prudential Financial said at Inclusion by Design, NOD’s annual disability employment forum that attracted about 70 organizations. Her manager solved the problem by giving her an iPad with closed-captioning capability that could be used in the meeting room. Inclusive design is “the reality of what you as companies do for your customers,” said Carol Glazer, NOD president.

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Sep 12, 2017
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National Organization on Disability Announces Winners of 2017 Leading Disability Employer Seal

45 organizations recognized for demonstrating exemplary disability hiring and employment practices. This annual recognition is designed to applaud those organizations that are leading the way in disability hiring and to encourage additional companies to tap into the many benefits of hiring talent with disabilities, including strong consumer preference for companies that employ individuals with disabilities and greater employee engagement across the workforce.

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Aug 30, 2017

Different Abilities Pay Off

“Disability etiquette and awareness training to all staff, especially managers, leaders and recruiters, is especially useful for team members who may be unsure of how to act around a person with a disability,” NOD President Glazer says. “Such training can go a long way to remove the fear and stigma that otherwise might lead to inaction or alienation.”

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Jul 26, 2017

ADA Anniversary Reminds Us There’s Much Work Still To Do

What’s worthy of note about this year’s ADA anniversary is that it falls on our anniversary. The National Organization on Disability turns 35 this year. NOD built our programs and our reputation in the 1980s, as the nationwide call for a new civil rights law to ensure the full equality of Americans with disabilities began to gain momentum….

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Jul 26, 2017

Americans with Disabilities Still Can’t Land Jobs

“A number of gaps have been closing. Unemployment, unfortunately, is one thing that hasn’t improved appreciably since we started measuring.” said Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability….

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Jul 24, 2017
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New Analysis of U.S. Employers Reveals Five Common Attributes of Companies that Excel in Welcoming People with Disabilities into Workforce

The Tracker, which measured practices and outcomes of more than 175 companies that together employ 2.4 million American workers, reveals that companies with a higher than average representation of people with disabilities (4% or greater) share five key inclusion practices in common…..

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Jul 5, 2017
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Five Questions with Michele Meyer-Shipp of Prudential Financial

Michele Meyer-Shipp is a diversity leader, who’s built a track record of success by using D&I strategies to drive business results at Prudential Financial. NOD recently sat down with Michele to find out what drives her passion for workplace inclusion—and learn more about her strategies for success….

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Jun 22, 2017
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ADA Lawsuits Spark Concerns over Job Website Accessibility

Technology that is not accessible to individuals with disabilities comes at a high cost to companies. With digital technology overtaking traditional newspaper job listings and hard copy applications as the main interface between businesses and job seekers, companies that adopt accessible hiring technologies can gain a competitive edge in courting talent with disabilities….

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Apr 18, 2017
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How Boston Can Help America’s College Grads with Disabilities Find Jobs | Blog by Carol Glazer + Kathleen A. Petkauskos

Together with local partners in Boston, including Work Without Limits, a program of UMass Medical School, and lead support from The Coca-Cola Foundation, we are launching Campus to Careers, a pilot program to get these talented young men and women with disabilities started in rewarding professional careers…

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Feb 17, 2017
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Recruiting Employees with Disabilities

From the Sodexo Insights blog, NOD experts Carol Glazer and Howard Green share tips employers can use to tap into the pool of talent Americans with disabilities offer….

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Feb 3, 2017
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NOD Welcomes Laura Giovacco of Ernst & Young LLP to Board of Directors

NOD welcomes Laura Giovacco, Partner in the Financial Services Office of Ernst & Young LLP to its board of directors. In addition to lending her talents to the NOD board, Giovacco was instrumental in EY joining the National Organization on Disability’s Corporate Leadership Council at the President’s Circle level….

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Jan 29, 2017
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NOD Chairman Touts the Benefits of Disability Hiring in Feature Interview on The CEO Show

Gov. Tom Ridge, NOD’s Chairman, discusses his passion for disability employment on The CEO Show, sharing that in NOD’s work with leading companies like Starbucks, Walmart, “they’ve discovered that it’s not a matter of social responsibility or just meeting some kind of diversity requirement. [Individuals with disabilities] are good, solid, reliable, dependable, effective employees”….

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Jan 5, 2017
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National Organization on Disability is Proud to Have Welcomed Thirteen New Members to Corporate Leadership Council in 2016

In joining the National Organization on Disability (NOD) Corporate Leadership Council, prominent brands distinguish themselves as leaders in diversity and employers of choice for people with disabilities, while providing critical support for NOD’s mission to expand meaningful employment opportunities to the 20 million working aged Americans with disabilities. NOD President Carol Glazer is pleased to announce that 13 such companies joined the NOD Corporate Leadership Council in 2016, one of the largest classes of new members in NOD’s 35-year history….

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Dec 22, 2016
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Heron Foundation Debuts Video Championing Disability Employment

In this newly debuted video, “Employing New Sources of Talent”, created by the F.B. Heron Foundation, NOD President Carol Glazer and Jacob Waltuck, an employee whose Autism enables him to excel at his job sit down for a candid discussion about how he contributes at work—and how the talents Americans with disabilities offer are proving to be a benefit to employers….

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Dec 9, 2016
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Chronicle of Philanthropy Features Podcast by NOD President Carol Glazer

Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability, discusses the evolution of disability advocacy and how data and technology are undoing workplace discrimination….

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Nov 21, 2016
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Reimagine Recruiting

On November 17, 2016, leaders and practitioners in campus recruiting, diversity & inclusion, human resources and compliance gathered in Cambridge, MA for Reimagine Recruiting….

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Nov 14, 2016
Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

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….

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Nov 7, 2016
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Corporate Leadership Council Luncheon & Roundtable Discussion with NOD Directors

On November 2, 2016, members of the NOD Corporate Leadership Council gathered in New York City for an exclusive luncheon with the National Organization on Disability Board of Directors….

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Oct 20, 2016
Employees Need to Feel Comfortable Disclosing Disabilities at Work | Blog by NOD President Carol Glazer

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.

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Oct 20, 2016
Employees Need to Feel Comfortable Disclosing Disabilities at Work | Blog by NOD President Carol Glazer

“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.”

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Oct 17, 2016
Disability Business Roundtable | NOD's Chairman and Corporate Partners Featured in USDOL Blog

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.

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Oct 4, 2016
Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

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…

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Sep 12, 2016
Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

Ford Foundation’s Remarkable Mea Culpa Will Provide Greater Opportunities for People with Disabilities | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

In a country where most foundations don’t consider disability among their focus areas, for the leader of the nation’s second-largest philanthropy [Ford Foundation President Darren Walker] to acknowledge this gross oversight and to appreciate the need to be inclusive of people with disabilities, is a game-changing move for the people my organization represents and for our nation as a whole.

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Jul 29, 2016
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NOD Staffer Receives Disability Award

Margaret Ling, NOD’s Event & Administrative Associate, received a citation this week for her work while Vice Chair of City University of New York’s Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD).

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Jul 28, 2016
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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.

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Jul 26, 2016
Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

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…

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Jul 26, 2016
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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.

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Jul 26, 2016
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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…

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Jul 13, 2016
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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.

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Jul 12, 2016
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U.S. Employers Score High Marks for Tracking Veterans in their Workforce, Yet Few Reaching Federal Hiring Goals

Latest Disability Employment Tracker™ from the National Organization on Disability Reveals Mixed Results on the Hiring of American Veterans

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Jun 23, 2016
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Federal Contractors Showing Progress in Achieving U.S. Labor Department Hiring Goals

Latest Disability Employment Tracker™ Finds 16-Percent of Respondents Have Achieved the Seven-Percent Hiring Goal for People with Disabilities, Up from 2015

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Jun 16, 2016
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New Data Reveal Tracking Disability in the Workforce Becoming Standard Practice among Leading Employers

Latest Disability Employment Tracker™ Shows 9 in 10 Companies Now Invite Employees to Self-Identify as Having a Disability – a 100% Increase from 2014

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Jun 9, 2016
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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.

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Jun 8, 2016
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National Organization on Disability Welcomes Susan Meirs as Chief Operating Officer

National Organization on Disability President Carol Glazer today welcomed Susan Meirs as the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining NOD, Meirs was a COO and salesperson at Barclays. Her team created Barclays’ first diversity related investment products, the Return on Disability ETN and the Women in Leadership ETN, translating corporate social responsibility into bottom-line results for investors.

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May 18, 2016
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Time to Act on Real Employment for People with Disabilities | Op-ed by Gov. Tom Ridge

Today, we know that workers with disabilities, given equal opportunity and appropriate tools or technologies, can perform as well as their non-disabled counterparts. Just ask employers like Lowe’s or Starbucks, outstanding companies that have partnered with the National Organization on Disability to find job opportunities for talented men and women with disabilities, and they’ll confirm this to be true.

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May 17, 2016
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Starbucks York Roasting and Distribution Facility Honored for Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) partnered with Starbucks, the National Organization on Disability and the Crispus Attucks Association of York, to bring the [Inclusion Academy] program to York, PA. The six-week on-the-job program to help individuals with disabilities gain meaningful work experience in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution roles was introduced at the Starbucks Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center in Nevada.

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Apr 24, 2016
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NOD President Speaks on Advances in Disability Employment on Radio Broadcast

Carol Glazer, National Organization on Disability president, joined The Business of Giving host Denver Frederick for an in-depth discussion about employment of people with disabilities—and how NOD partners with leading employers and philanthropic institutions to create disability inclusion programs.

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Apr 20, 2016
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NOD President at DiversityInc Top 50 Announcement

National Organization on Disability joined DiversityInc in celebrating the Top 50 Companies for Diversity. Carol Glazer, NOD president, was on stage to announce the Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities…

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Apr 11, 2016
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Jacksonville Man Provides National Voice for People with Down Syndrome

Hamilton participated last month in a National Down Syndrome Society panel at the National Press Club in Washington. Moderated by society President Sara Hart Weir, the panel discussed employment opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Other members were U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who has a son with Down syndrome, and Tom Ridge, chairman of the National Organization on Disability, the former governor of Pennsylvania and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.

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Mar 17, 2016
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National Organization on Disability Welcomes Daryl Brewster of CECP to Board of Directors

The National Organization on Disability today announced that Daryl Brewster has been elected to its Board of Directors. The unanimous vote came at NOD’s recent Board of Directors meeting. Mr. Brewster is CEO of CECP: The CEO Force for Good, a coalition of CEOs who believe that societal improvement is an essential measure of business performance.

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Mar 17, 2016
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How Senate Race Can Make Historic Mark for People with Disabilities | Blog by Carol Glazer, President

Did you hear who won the election in Illinois this week? No, not that election. I’m talking about the election for United States Senate. Representative Tammy Duckworth won Illinois’ Democratic Senate primary. She represents Chicago’s northwest suburbs and had been expected to easily defeat her opponent. She will face incumbent, Senator Mark Kirk, in the general election in November.

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Mar 9, 2016
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National Organization on Disability Welcomes Brad Hopton of PwC to Board of Directors

The National Organization on Disability today announced that Brad Hopton has been elected to its Board of Directors. The unanimous vote came at NOD’s Board of Directors meeting. Mr. Hopton is a Partner in Corporate Tax Advisory Services at PwC, where he helped to create the Ability Reveals Itself initiative that is helping to attract talented people with disabilities to the PwC workforce.

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Mar 3, 2016
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National Organization on Disability Welcomes Ilene Moskowitz As Chief External Affairs Officer

Prior to joining NOD, Moskowitz held positions including the Director of Marketing and Sales at Grant Thornton LLP, Americas Marketing Leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Financial Services practice (now PwC), as well as Head of Marketing & Strategic Planning at Bank Leumi USA…

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Feb 18, 2016
Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER

When It Comes to Disability Hiring, Measure What’s Working (and What’s Not) | Blog by Carol Glazer, President

One would be hard-pressed to find a group of people more obsessed with measurement than today’s Presidential candidates. Their lifeblood is polling data. Campaign courses are shifted; stump speeches re-written…

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Feb 3, 2016

NOD Remembers Peter Otto

Peter Otto had no formal role with the National Organization on Disability. What he did have was a love for the organization and a deep respect for its mission. He was a volunteer in the best sense of the word.

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Jan 28, 2016

National Organization on Disability Welcomes New Companies to CEO Council

AT&T, Dodge & Cox, Merck and Exelon Join Corporate Leadership Body Committed to Building a Disability Inclusive Workforce

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Jan 20, 2016
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National Organization on Disability Seeks to Recognize Leading Disability Employers with a New Seal of Approval

At the National Organization on Disability (NOD), which advises corporate America on ways they can improve disability inclusion in their workforce, they too want to celebrate achievement. So they are borrowing a page from Hollywood and have decided to create their own award of sorts…

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Jan 18, 2016
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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…

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Jan 13, 2016
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National Organization on Disability Introduces Disability Employer Seal of Approval in 2016

National Organization on Disability (NOD) President Carol Glazer today announced a new effort to formally recognize companies that demonstrate exemplary hiring and employment practices for people with disabilities. Called the Disability…

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Jan 9, 2016
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5 Shifts That Transformed Federal Service

In 2013, the Labor Department set a hiring goal for federal contractors that 7 percent of each job group in their workforces should be made up of qualified people with disabilities. As Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability noted: “Preventing discrimination and affirmative hiring are not one and the same.”

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Dec 8, 2015
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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…”

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Nov 11, 2015
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Retailers Can Learn From Each Other When it Comes to Disability Hiring | Blog by Carol Glazer, President

In the world of retail, copycat pricing is not unusual. When one retailer slashes prices, others are sure to follow. When it comes to hiring approaches, those of us in the business of finding employment opportunities…

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Nov 11, 2015
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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…

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Nov 4, 2015
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National Organization on Disability Welcomes Dr. Ronald L. Copeland to Board of Directors

The National Organization on Disability today announced that Dr. Ronald L. Copeland has been elected to its Board of Directors. The unanimous vote came at NOD’s Board of Directors meeting. Dr. Copeland is Senior VP, National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Policy & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading health care providers.

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Sep 15, 2015
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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…

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Sep 5, 2015
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Employers Take Note: People with Autism Ideally Suited to Fill Critical STEM Jobs | Blog by Carol Glazer, President

Is it just me, or do you also feel like it’s only a matter of time until an account gets hacked and all of your personal data stolen? Seemingly each week there’s another major company victimized by a cyber attack, exposing our social security numbers…

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Jul 31, 2015
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CDC: 1 in 5 American Adults Live with a Disability

CDC: 1 in 5 American Adults Live with a Disability

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Jul 26, 2015
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6 Ways to Be a Better Ally to People Living with Disabilities

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, but we still have a long way to go when it comes to properly supporting people living with disabilities. Though anti-discrimination laws like the ADA are more than needed to ensure opportunity and access for marginalized populations, even these laws can’t change our social views of disability.

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Jul 17, 2015
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At ADA’s 25th Anniversary, a Time to Celebrate and Expand Access to the American Dream

Smart companies are always looking for new ways to find and retain talented employees. Often-overlooked prospects are people with disabilities. Just 19% of people with disabilities participate in the labor force (compared with over 68% of the rest of the population) and their unemployment rate is nearly 11%.

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Mar 3, 2015
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Influencer Series: Opportunity at Work for the Differently-Abled

Twenty-two years ago, my first son Jacob was born with hydrocephalus, or water on the brain. Because of that and a series of medical complications early in Jacob’s life, he is both physically and intellectually disabled, and like most parents, I have been his advocate since his birth. For me this included, at a certain point in my career, making the decision to redirect my efforts from civil rights to disability rights, which meant living disability 24/7. It was not an easy decision, but it was the best one I could have made. It has meant working with wonderful colleagues to help turn the wheel of progress for people like Jacob, so they have the lifetime opportunities they deserve and have every ability to fulfill.

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Jan 15, 2015
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Cracks in “Talent Pipeline” Pose Risks for Employers and College Students With Disabilities

As the leader of a national organization focused on employment for people with disabilities, I routinely have the privilege of visiting places that are doing some remarkable work to advance the issue. My travels of late took me to two notable college campuses: Edinboro University, just outside of Erie, PA, which has committed to excellence in accommodations for students with disabilities; and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in upstate New York, which has dedicated itself to helping students with disabilities access jobs upon graduation, better ensuring their long-term economic security.

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Jan 9, 2015
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Most Employers Are Overlooking this Source of Talent

Smart companies are always looking for new ways to find and retain talented employees. Often-overlooked prospects are people with disabilities. Just 19% of people with disabilities participate in the labor force (compared with over 68% of the rest of the population) and their unemployment rate is nearly 11%.

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