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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NOD President Carol Glazer Briefs Senate Hearing on Employment for Veterans with Disabilities
Senators Casey, Duckworth & Reed sponsor session on strategies for increasing employment for those who serve.
United Nations Interviews NOD President on the Benefits Disability Inclusion Offers to Businesses and Communities Globally
The United Nations sat down with NOD President Carol Glazer to discuss the progress of the disability rights movement since Alan Reich, NOD’s founder, first addressed the UN General Assembly from a wheelchair in 1981.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.