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Free Access to National Parks with Access Pass

What better way to enjoy and explore your abilities than to visit national parks and recreation sites throughout the United States? Persons with disabilities who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. may be able to obtain a free lifetime pass that allows access to over 2,000 “Federal Recreation Sites.” Here’s some info to get you started on your next adventure.

What are Federal Recreation Sites?

Well, the whole reason you might want to apply for this pass! These sites include National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges, and other federal recreation lands such as...


Keys to a More Inclusive Workplace

How To Create a More Inclusive Workplace

National Disability Employment Awareness Month happened in October; our hope is that the drive to create more inclusive and diverse workplaces persists beyond just one month! For non-disabled persons, it might be easy to assume that getting all the components in place for an inclusive workplace would be a daunting and difficult task. However, it's actually very straightforward -- and beneficial for everyone! Here's some of the various things employers can do to get started, many of which can be done right after reading this blog.

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Tax Credits for Inclusive Employers

The benefits of being an inclusive employer are many. It can give your business a different perspective on how to innovate and solve problems. A team that includes people with disabilities provides a wide breadth of experience to draw from. It creates an efficient and effective workforce that treats everyone as equals. The fact is: a diverse workforce just makes good business sense on many levels.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

On top of the natural benefits of hiring persons with disabilities, there are programs in place designed specifically to provide additional financial...


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Starting a Business: Tips for Parents with Disabilities

Starting a new business is a big undertaking, and for those who are parents, it can be a stressful one. You want to make sure you can still provide for your family while also creating a business that is successful and meets your needs, but there’s a lot to think about. From ensuring that you have enough funding to get up off the ground to deciding whether to set up a storefront or work from your home, there’s a lot to think about.

Fortunately, there are several simple things you...


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According to a survey conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation, a surprisingly high 30% of employees have a disability. Of this group:

62% say their disability is not visible and agree with the statement: “Unless I tell them, people do not know I have a disability.” 13% say their disability is visible and agree with the statement: “Those that meet me for the first time can quickly tell I have a disability.” 26% say their disability is sometimes visible and agree with the statement: “My disability can be visible or invisible, depending on the circumstances.”

Many employees...


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For many Americans, finding the right home is a long and arduous process. There are so many things to take into consideration, from the location to the price to the school district, and when you’re a senior or an individual who is living with a disability, making sure the home is accessible is one of the most important aspects of the hunt.

 

A truly accessible home is one that not only ensures safety, but allows you to move around freely in every room. This means a lack of stairs, doorways that are wide enough to permit a wheelchair, kitchens and bathrooms that have lower...


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It has been documented that Chicago is one of the best diversity and inclusion cities in the United States regarding all facets of disability. Recently, the Chicago’s Mayor's Office for People for People with Disabilities has focused on bringing together disability leadership through the Chicago Community Trust with the program ADA25 Leadership Institute.

On December 7th, 2017, Helene Gayle, CEO of The Chicago Community Trust alongside Karen Tamley, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, announced the 2018 ADA 25 Advancing Leadership Fellows Class. The...


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I have been working with AbilityLinks for over 10 years, and it has been rewarding, and productive for me. However, after seeing the process of job seekers with disabilities, service providers and employers, I do see the same process and people repeatedly. That does not mean that the people I do work for impress me every day, but they are some people that stand out. I'd like to talk about one that works hard and networks harder than I’ve seen in a while: Gerise Kendrick.

She is a very active member with ITKAN as well as always professional. Today, AbilityLinks wants to find out more...


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Disability is one part of who a person is just like a person's race, gender and ethnicity. While employers can't ask about disability, job seekers who demonstrate acceptance and comfort with having a disability may bring those attitudes to the job interview. They may put the interviewer at ease, answer and set aside unspoken questions, and increase chances for of a successful interview.

Job seekers that use common interview questions to assertively manage the impression disability makes can demonstrate that disability is not a barrier, but can be a workplace asset.

Besides...


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Here are some tips to help you spot scams and find work from home job opportunities.

Spotting Job Scams

Never pay to get a job. Never give a smaller amount of money to someone who promises a larger amount of money (or something valuable) in return. Never give bank account information. Those are red flag.

Work from home opportunities often don’t pay much, unless the job demands a high level of skill and experience. If the pay is great...


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It’s definitely been an interesting journey as I worked my way towards finding employment. Full of uncertainty, silence, and nos. I’ve done countless interviews and have had some close calls. Each opportunity I’ve had has led to memorable lessons which I have applied to other avenues going forward when applying for jobs. I’ll even admit, my faith has been tested during those times. I wondered if and when I would find a job.

Working towards finding employment requires dedication as you spend your time scouring endless career sites. It’s a process that can...


Previously, I spoke with Kelly Pavich at the Bridges From School To Work with the Marriott Foundation. The relationship has grown since 2016 and our dual relationship with ITKAN has developed even stronger.

In our next discussion with Bridges, we chat with Emily Daw, who brings candidates forward to employers that are productive and diverse.

Thanks for your time Emily. Can we talk a little more about Bridges? 

Bridges from School to Work started in 1989 as part of the Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities. This is Marriott’s way of...


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