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Dec 5, 2018
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Ridge Recalls Friendship with George H.W. Bush

“Men and women with disabilities are sometimes the best and most effective employees (companies) have. That probably doesn’t surprise you, does it?” Gov. Tom Ridge asked President George H.W. Bush in a2015 interview. “No,” Bush replied. “Just so they get a chance. That’s the main thing.”

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Dec 5, 2018
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Gov. Tom Ridge Recalls President Bush’s Work for Americans with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act was “one of the most important things he did as president,” Gov. Tom Ridge said in an interview as he spoke to the group veterans with disabilities in the U.S. Captiol where President George H.W. Bush is lying in state.

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Dec 4, 2018
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CNN: Gov. Tom Ridge Remembers President George H.W. Bush’s Commitment to Disability Inclusion

In a 2015 conversation, President Bush remarked that signing the Americans with Disabilities Act, an historic civil rights legislation, was “something I’m very proud of, perhaps proudest of when I was president.”

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Dec 3, 2018
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NOD Joins UN, Global Community in Observing International Day of Persons with Disabilities

On December 3, 2018, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) joins the United Nations (UN) in observing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). The theme for this year focuses on “Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.”

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Dec 1, 2018
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Remembering George H.W. Bush as a Champion for those with Disabilities

“This historic act is the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities — the first,” Bush said when he signed the ADA. He also urged businesses to take advantage of “untapped human potential” by hiring those with disabilities.

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Dec 1, 2018
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NOD Chairman, Gov. Tom Ridge, Remembers President George H.W. Bush

Gov. Ridge, who first met George H.W. Bush in 1980, when he was a Republican campaign organizer in Erie for President Bush’s first presidential bid, today issued the following statement on the passing of his dear friend.

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Nov 16, 2018
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NOD President Partners with PwC’s CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion to Tackle Unconscious Bias

NOD’s President Carol Glazer, joined forces with PwC’s CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, to take part in the largest dialogue on D&I amongst C-suite executives.

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Nov 9, 2018
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Tips for Managing Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the Workplace

Each workplace has its own culture and challenges. Job accommodations and productivity support measures can be very effective in bringing the performance of transitioning veterans with TBIs up to standards.

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Oct 22, 2018
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Allied Disability Advocates Convene at Roundtable in Washington, D.C.

The Roundtable participants discussed current and pending legislation concerning the employment of people with disabilities and outlined an agenda for mutual action.

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Oct 15, 2018
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Disability Inclusion: A Competitive Advantage

Watch NOD President Carol Glazer’s address at the DiversityInc Fall 2018 event on ‘Unconcious Bias in the Workplace’

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Oct 15, 2018
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NOD’s Charles Catherine Talks Workplace Confidence and What it’s Like Living With a Visual Impairment

Watch as NOD’s Special Assistant Charles Catherine shares his experience living with a visual impairment, and how he’s managed to develop both his self-esteem and career despite challenges.

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Oct 9, 2018
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#LookCloser Lights Up Times Square

NOD – in partnership with several of America’s leading companies – has launched a national public-awareness campaign urging employers and recruiters to consider the tenacity and perseverance people with disabilities offer when hiring new talent. 

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Oct 2, 2018
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New Frontiers: NOD Corporate Leadership Council Annual Forum + 2018 Leading Disability Employers Dinner

September 25, 2018, Falls Church, VA – NOD’s Corporate Leadership Council Annual Forum, New Frontiers in Disability Employment, featured special guests, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation actor Robert David Hall, Northrop Grumman CEO Wesley Bush, DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti and NOD Chairman Gov. Tom Ridge.  Representatives from dozens of companies joined the evening gala to applaud the […]

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Sep 27, 2018
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NOD ANNOUNCES THE 2018 ‘LEADING DISABILITY EMPLOYERS’

Now in its third year, the NOD Leading Disability Employer seal recognizes companies that demonstrate exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities. Find out the 2018 winners!

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Sep 19, 2018
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Campus to Careers’ Job Fair Attracts a Crowd of Hiring Employers and Students with Disabilities in Boston

On September 17, 2018, NOD’s innovative pilot Campus to Careers, in partnership with Work Without Limits, hosted a career fair with over 25 hiring employers and attracting dozens of students with disabilities. Held at The NonProfit Center in downtown Boston, MA, college students and graduates with disabilities had an opportunity to network with major employers […]

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Sep 5, 2018

Lawsuits Soar over Inaccessible Websites

The number of website-accessibility lawsuits this year may surpass those in 2017 by 30 percent. By: Carol Patton | August 14, 2018 Employers are getting slammed with more Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits this year, mainly due to a rise in suits regarding non-ADA-compliant business websites. Seyfarth Shaw recently completed its mid-year analysis of ADA Title III lawsuits, projecting […]

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Aug 22, 2018
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How To Have A Meaningful Conversation About Disability At Work

If you have a disability, you very quickly come to understand that it is an issue most people don’t open up about at work. Hiding a disability does colleagues a disservice, too. Truth is, every time someone speaks up for people with disabilities in the workplace, particularly if they have lived experience, it has the potential to build trust, empathy, and engagement.

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Aug 20, 2018
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How Google has stepped up its efforts to makes its own tech more accessible to the disabled

“Disability is still so stigmatized that disabled people often face the ‘tyranny of low expectations,’ where less is expected of them,” says Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability (NOD). “But you can’t just assume that people with disabilities are sitting at home in front of their computers — they’re out and about in the community.”

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Aug 20, 2018
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Let’s Stop Cheating the Disabled

Many Americans with disabilities without job prospects end up in sheltered workshops, places that legally perpetuate segregation by isolating workers with disabilities and, for over 140,000 Americans, by paying far less than minimum wage—as little as pennies per hour. Sheltered workshops are vestiges of a misguided time when people with disabilities were believed to need charity and seclusion. We now know both beliefs are incorrect.

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Aug 15, 2018
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NY1 Interview with Carol Glazer: Changing Attitudes Towards Workers with Disabilities

Spectrum News-NY1’s “In Focus with Cheryl Wills” takes a deep dive into the changing attitudes towards including employees with disabilities in the workplace. In a three-part interview, Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability, Victor Calise, commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and Edward R. Matthews, CEO of the ADAPT Community Network, dig into how companies can successfully onboard talent with disabilities.

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Jul 19, 2018
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The ADA: 28 Years of Opportunity Unrealized

On July 26, 1990, the president of the United States proclaimed that the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) “signals the end to the unjustified segregation and exclusion of persons with disabilities from the mainstream of American life.” The ADA has removed a great number of barriers for people with disabilities, but not all steps can be bridged with ramps, and not all walls toppled with hammers…

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Jul 19, 2018
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U.S. Companies Eager to Hire Talent with Disabilities, but Struggling to Attract New Employees

As the ADA anniversary approaches, NOD released findings from its corporate assessment, the Disability Employment Tracker™. Among the aggregate findings is evidence that more companies want to diversify their workforce by hiring talent with disabilities, but many are struggling to attract new employees who identify as having disabilities.

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Jul 17, 2018
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Meet The Interns

Learn more about NOD’s three summer interns. Although this is only our third year of onboarding interns, we have truly benefited from their fresh perspective and excitement to learn, and they have consistently proved to be exemplary additions to our team.

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Jul 10, 2018
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Key Tactics to Promote Inclusion of Invisible Diversity Traits

Takeaways from the NOD Corporate Leadership Council Executive Luncheon, which spotlighted how corporate cultures can welcome unseen diversity segments, like LGBT identities and non-apparent disabilities, such as mental illness.

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Jul 2, 2018
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Maintaining Stability A Tough Job For Single Mother On Disability

“In some aspects, it can be an irrational decision to accept a job offer when you’re having to walk away from those benefits,” Carol Glazer, NOD President said.There are state and federal programs that try to help people connect with employers who will take on workers with disabilities. But depending on what kind of federal help you’ve been getting, keeping on top of all the requirements can be a challenge.

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Jun 26, 2018
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Invisible Disabilities the Subject of NOD Corporate Leadership Council Meeting

The event challenged attendees to think about how people tend to leave a part of themselves at home when they come to work, and how difficult it might be for employees with ‘invisible disabilities’ to” come out” at work. “None of us have a single identity”, NOD President Carol Glazer remarked. The emotional weight of carrying a hidden identity can be overwhelming and letting it go can “free up emotional real estate”. Eric Mitchell of AT&T brought up the many opportunities employees have to be authentic at work, including within those discussions in their ERGs.

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Jun 25, 2018
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She cleaned for $3.49 an hour. A gas station just offered her $11.25.

As the unemployment rate nears the lowest point in 50 years, companies are searching more widely to fill vacancies. Coupled with a growing openness to workers with mental and physical limitations, record numbers of people with disabilities are entering workforce — pushing employers to adopt more inclusive practices.

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Jun 25, 2018
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What do the Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain Suicides Mean in the Workplace?

How many of your employees or colleagues at work are struggling with mental health issues? Do you know? Have you even considered it? NOD President Carol Glazer explains why employers can’t overlook this billion dollar issue.

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Jun 13, 2018
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Tips for Building Your Disability Friendly Brand: Key Takeaways from the NOD Corporate Leadership Council’s April Networking Luncheon

At the NOD Corporate Leadership Council’s April networking luncheon, EY, Charter Communications, and The Hershey Company shared how they have realized returns on their investments from branding their workplaces as disability friendly. Discover the key takeaways and insights from the event.

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Jun 13, 2018
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Revisiting the Pain of Mental Illness in America

In the wake of losing both Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, we revisit a blog written by NOD President Carol Glazer for The Huffington Post. As suicide rates continue to climb, the urgency to de-stigmatize mental illness and eliminate the barriers to asking and receiving treatment is all too clear.

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Jun 7, 2018
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NOD Welcomes Coca-Cola, General Motors & Hilton Executives to Esteemed Board of Directors

Ken Barrett, Global Chief Diversity Officer, General Motors; Andrew R. Davis, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, The Coca-Cola Company; and Mike Gathright, Senior Vice President of Reservations and Customer Care, Hilton join civic and corporate leaders working to advance disability inclusion in the workforce.

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May 31, 2018
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Want Your Business to Succeed? Hire Moms. Hire Vets. Hire Boomers. Hire People With Disabilities. Here’s Why

NOD President Carol Glazer recommends that if a manager has a disability, he or she discuss it openly. “You can almost hear a sigh of relief go through the workforce when a senior leader discloses a disability,” she says.

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May 16, 2018
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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.

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May 11, 2018
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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.

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May 8, 2018
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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.

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Mar 27, 2018
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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.”

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Mar 5, 2018
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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.”

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Feb 22, 2018
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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.

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Feb 16, 2018
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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.”

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Feb 16, 2018
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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.

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Feb 13, 2018
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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.

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Feb 13, 2018
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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.

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Feb 6, 2018
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Five Questions with Innovator Douglas Conant of ConantLeadership

Douglas Conant is an internationally renowned business leader with over 20 years of senior-level experience at world-class companies. NOD recently sat down with Doug to find out what drives his passion for leadership, the future of talent, and why companies should embrace people with disabilities in the workplace.

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Jan 26, 2018
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More people with disabilities are getting jobs. Here’s why.

CNN Money highlights NOD Corporate Leadership Council member EY for their innovative approach to solving talent shortages by recruiting people with disabilities: Lori Golden said that EY believes it can produce better work by giving people with disabilities a seat at the table.

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Jan 26, 2018
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This self-driving shuttle puts accessibility first

Accessible Olli was designed from the ground up to help people with disabilities get where they need to go. The nonprofit National Organization on Disability, which has been tracking the gaps between people with and without disabilities since the 1980s, said it’s found that transportation options are often lacking for people with disabilities, which results in severely limited job opportunities for them.

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Jan 26, 2018
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Is Your Company Using These 5 Critical Practices to Increase Disability Self-Identification Rates?

We analyzed the data gained from our 2017 Disability Employment Tracker™, NOD’s confidential, annual survey of corporate disability inclusion policies and practices, to find out what differentiates companies that have been successful at building disability-strong workforces from those that have not.

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Jan 16, 2018
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Are You Missing Out on Key Talent On Campus?

There are 4.7 million college graduates with disabilities, but only 25% are working. Use these 6 key tips to jumpstart recruiting students with disabilities on campus.

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Dec 24, 2017
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Program Gives LA Students With Disabilities Path to Careers

“Today, more than 80 percent of working age Americans with disabilities do not have employment,” says Ozzie Martinez, chief administrative officer at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center. Kaiser has partnered with the National Organization on Disability to create programs that make a difference in the lives of those with disabilities.

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Dec 7, 2017
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NOD President Carol Glazer Briefs Senate Staff on Employment for Veterans with Disabilities

Senators Casey, Duckworth & Reed sponsor session on strategies for increasing employment for those who serve.

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Dec 3, 2017
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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.

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Nov 20, 2017
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How Is Your Company Addressing this Trillion Dollar Issue? 6 key takeaways from NOD’s Corporate Leadership Council Roundtable on Mental Health

For employers, the need for a successful strategy to deal with mental illness in the workplace is clear. Learn key takeaways from leaders from EY, Johnson & Johnson, and Kaiser Permanente to accommodate and support employees with mental illness in the workplace.

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

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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Events

Jan 24, 2019 1pm - 1:30pm
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WEBINAR: A Look Inside 2019 Disability Employment Tracker and Leading Disability Employer Seal

Take an exclusive look at the 2019 Disability Employment Tracker™, NOD’s free and confidential benchmarking survey in this free, public webinar.

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Feb 12, 2019 2pm - 3pm
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WEBINAR: Disability Etiquette Training

Exclusive to members of the NOD Corporate Leadership Council! Take part in an interactive session to brush up on disability basics and hone your skills.

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Apr 15, 2019
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CORPORATE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL NETWORKING EVENT

Date and time to be confirmed. The Spring Networking Event will provide Council Members with opportunities to hear from leaders, advance your skills and make valuable connections to peers.

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May 16, 2019 1pm - 2pm
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WEBINAR: Data Driven Inclusion – Findings from the 2019 Disability Employment Tracker™

Join NOD leaders for a first look into the results from the 2019 Disability Employment Tracker™, NOD’s free and confidential benchmarking survey, to learn about emerging trends in disability and veteran employment practices.

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Jun 15, 2019
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Corporate Leadership Council Executive Luncheon

Date and time to be confirmed. The Executive Luncheon will provide opportunities to hear from leaders, advance your skills and make valuable connections to peers. 

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Sep 15, 2019
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CORPORATE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ANNUAL FORUM + LEADING DISABILITY EMPLOYER DINNER

Date and time to be confirmed. The Annual Forum and Leading Disability Dinner offers Council members opportunities to learn from top performing companies, be inspired by leaders with a passion for inclusion and become empowered to make changes in their own workplace.

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