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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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:
- Attract and retain talent
- Develop accessible and inclusive workplaces
- Transform organizational culture
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Five Questions with Dr. Ronald Copeland of Kaiser Permanente on Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace
NOD asked Dr. Copeland five key questions to find out why employers shouldn’t overlook mental health in the workplace, how to reduce stigma and improve employee engagement, and what Kaiser Permanente is doing to build an inclusive culture.
Charter Communications Innovates Cutting Edge Products—By and For People with Disabilities
Yesterday, NOD President Carol Glazer joined Rhonda Crichlow, Charter’s Chief Diversity Officer, in a visit to their Accessible Product Development team. Peter Brown, Vice President of Design, shared the exciting product innovations that were produced by a team of skilled workers with disabilities.
NOD Attends DiversityInc’s Top 50 Gala
DiversityInc’s gala dinner announcing the Top 50 Companies for Diversity featured a new element, courtesy of their CEO Luke Visconti. In addition to recognizing the numbers of women and racial and ethnic minorities in senior positions, he referenced the disability practices for many in the Top 50.
5 Things Anyone With a Physical Disability Should Know Before Applying to a Job
“For the 57 million Americans living with disabilities, the largest barriers to employment usually stem from stigma about what individuals with disabilities can achieve and contribute to the workforce. Despite an increasing number of people with disabilities entering the workforce, these pay disparities persist as another ‘face’ of these stereotypes, and they result in discrimination that devalues the work and contributions of people with disabilities.”
Willing and able: Disabled workers prove their value in tight labor market
With the low 4.1% unemployment rate making it tougher for employers to hire and retain workers, more are bringing on Americans with disabilities who had long struggled to find jobs. “There’s a growing cadre of companies that look at people with disabilities as an untapped talent pool,” says Carol Glazer of the National Organization on Disability. “When people spend their entire lives solving problems in a world that wasn’t built for them, that’s an attribute that can be translated into high productivity in the workforce.”
Disability Rights Under Attack by Congress
Rights for Americans with disabilities are under attack in a bill disguised as reform of the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Everyone is just one bad day away from needing accessible options the #ADA requires to help them get around,” tweeted Sen. Tammy Duckworth.
The House Just Passed a Bill that Limits Arbitration Rights for Architectural Barriers Under the Americans With Disabilities Act
NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge opposed H.R. 620 saying “A business that did not comply would face no consequence until after it received a legal notice from a person with a disability who was harmed, detailing the specific violation of the law.”
Boston Children’s Hospital, Deloitte, Partners Healthcare, Raytheon and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network Commit to Innovative Pilot Program to Connect College Students with Disabilities to Professional Opportunities
Five major Boston-area employers have joined a new pilot program. Campus to Careers aims to place more qualified students with disabilities into meaningful careers. The Coca-Cola Foundation provided a $400,000 lead grant to kick-start the innovative, three-year pilot program.
Thirteen Companies Joined the NOD Corporate Leadership Council in 2017
Council members support NOD’s mission to expand meaningful employment opportunities for the 24 million worked-aged Americans with disabilities who are not employed, by committing to advance disability inclusion efforts in their workplaces. These prominent brands bring the total membership to nearly 55 top businesses.
Rolling back the civil rights of the disabled harms us all
By Gov. Tom Ridge, Chair of NOD | Twenty-eight years after the ADA was passed, it is unacceptable to roll back the civil rights of people with disabilities. We should ensure access, not progress. We should expect businesses to know and comply with their obligations, not require our neighbors and colleagues with disabilities to shoulder the burden of informing and educating businesses about those obligations. We should not turn the simple business of everyday life into a complex and lengthy ordeal for people with disabilities.