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41.1 million individuals in America identify as having a disability according to the latest census. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate indivduals with disabilities actually make up 26% of the US population since not all individuals disclose their disability status.

With this group being over a quarter of our population, there is huge lack of representation in advertisements (ads), television, media, etc. A recent survey from the Nielsen Group (2021) found that only 1% of ads featured disability representation in the form of visuals, topics, or themes. They surveyed roughly 450,000 primetime tv ads and...

The purpose of the “5-minute check” is to evaluate your company’s accessibility and inclusion. This checklist will help you determine which elements are missing and need to add. These elements showcase your efforts to embrace and value hiring individuals with disabilities. Completing this checklist will allow applicants to apply with ease!

 

 

1. Do you have an inclusion statement?

2. Are you an equal opportunity employer?

3. Is there a seperate apply button for applicants with disabilites?

4. Do you highlight your level of inclusivity? (ex: statistics,...

AbilityLinks is excited to announce this month’s blog series on user accessibility and company compliance! Stay tuned for a 4-part blog series diving into minimizing legal risk, issues with the lack of accessibility, how to improve accessibility, and more!

 

What is Accessibility?

Simply put, accessibility is the action of making a website functional for all users. One’s ability plays a major role in their capability to use a website to its full extent. All users deserve an equal opportunity regardless of their condition. As an employer, when you make an extra effort towards...

Ok first a BIG legal DISCLAIMER – This Post is not legal advice. And I’m not an attorney.

All content is intended for general information only. This should not be construed as legal advice and may not be applicable to your particular situation. Before taking any action based on this website, you should consider your personal situation and seek professional advice. Oh yeah, no attorney-client relationship is created unless and until a binding written engagement letter is signed by both you and your attorney.

So now on to the wisdom learned from others who shared these lessons with me. The focus of this week’s blog post is on...

This week’s blog post is on ways to improve website accessibility. This article is full of tips on features to add and ways to make your website 100% user-friendly. This is our third post for this month’s blog series on user accessibility and company compliance!

 

Perceivable

When a website’s information and components are designed to fit all users it is perceivable. This can be done in many ways text alternatives, time-based media, adaptability, and distinguishability.

 

Text alternative:

Allowing all texts to be changed into large print, speech, symbols, easier...

This week’s blog post is on B Corporations (B Corp) which are leaders using business for good. They redefine success by being more inclusive and sustainable. This article includes an overview of what a B Corp is, its impact, and companies creating a global cultural shift. This is our fourth post for this month’s blog series on user accessibility and company compliance!

 

What is a B Corporation?

Certified B Corporations are businesses redefining the standards for social and environmental performance, legal accountability, and public transparency. The goal of B Corps is to have a positive impact on...

Assistive Technology in the Workplace

One of the most important components of being an inclusive employer is the concept of "reasonable accommodations." While the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA) provides a more detailed explanation you can review, for purposes here, we'll stick with a simple definition:

Modifications or adjustments that enable a covered and qualified employee with a disability to perform the duties of their work, and enjoy the same benefits as similar employees without disabilities.

What can constitute a reasonable accommodation can be very broad. It could be altering the floorplan of the office or allowing an employee with a...

How Do I Know If My Worksite Is Accessible?

The following questions will help you determine the accessibility of your work site. Sources of additional and more detailed information are provided at the end.

Are there designated parking spaces for persons with disabilities that are close to the entrance of the worksite? Is there a pathway without abrupt level changes or steps that leads from the parking area to the entrance? If ramps are used to provide access, are they appropriately graded and are handrails provided? Are the doors wide enough (36 inches) for people using wheelchairs? Are they easy to...
Interviewing Persons with Disabilities

If you're a manager, recruiter, human resources (HR) specialist, or key company decision maker — chances are you'll be conducting interviews at some point! Prospective employees may come from all over the world and will have different values, beliefs, and backgrounds. Modern companies know how important it is to have a diverse, inclusive workforce: it's not only the right thing to do, but it holds some unique (and measurable!) business benefits, too.

Part of this diversity should be inclusive to persons with disabilities, of course! But we should acknowledge a reality, one that shouldn't cause shame but rather draw attention to an...

Webinar: August 25, 2014 Moving the Mindset: Disability and Bias in Interviewing & Hiring Presentation

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According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report from August, 2014, 31.8% of non disabled persons do not participate in the labor force vs. an 80.2% non participation rate for persons with disabilities. The unemployment rate for disabled job seekers is also more than twice as high. The BLS reports a September 2014 unemployment rate of 12.3% for disabled job seekers vs. 5.5% for non-disabled job seekers. Two studies offer some insight into why so many persons with disabilities are not working and what businesses are doing to employ and accommodate workers with disabilities:

 

Why Adults With Disabilities Have...

 

A Primer on Bias in Interviewing

Jobseekers with Disabilities

by Mark Williams

March 2014

Introduction

Employers’ hiring decisions may be affected by cultural or individual biases against individuals with disabilities. These biases may be implicit, in that they are...

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