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Webinar series gives tips and tools to job-seekers with disabilities and employers for federal hiring rule

Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year,, the award-winning job-opportunity network, is completely renovating its website to promote more effectively the hiring of people with disabilities. The launch represents a major change for the web-based program, created in 2001 by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine.


AbilityLinks WebinarThursday, July 20, 2017 - 1 to 2:00 pm CSTREGISTER NOW!

Interviewing is a critical part of the job search process, and it’s an opportunity you can’t afford to waste. It’s also probably the one that job seekers dread the most! This no-cost webinar, “Ace the Interview, Land the Job” will increase your confidence and help you be your best in the interview process.

 Presented by Advanced Resources, one of the nation's leading staffing agencies, this webinar is designed to help job seekers prepare, perform, and professionally follow up in the interview process. In this session, you’ll learn:


On June 16, 2017 AbilityLinks hosted "How to Get Your Online Job Application Noticed," a Webinar for job seekers presented by TCF Bank staffing specialists.

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Celebrating its 16th anniversary this year,, the award-winning job-opportunity network, is launching a brand-new website to further their impact. The launch represents a major change for the web-based program, created in 2001 to promote the hiring of people with disabilities.

AbilityLinks, a program of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, has helped over 700 job-seekers with disabilities find employment, four of which were within Marianjoy itself.

Bill O'Connor

Although city and state governments are trying to stop placard abuse, there is enough blame to go around for people with disabilities because of taking advantage of the disabled parking system. Bill Bogdan, disability liaison for the state of Illinois (and a supporter of AbilityLinks) talks about The difference in states' use of placards, the loss of revenue to city and states because of abuse of disabled parking and finding solutions to this complex problem.

If you apply online with any of these companies let AbilityLinks know. Tell AbilityLinks the company name, job title and number. AbilityLinks will share this information with a recruiter from the company. If you haven't yet, please post your resume on AbilityLinks too.


Thanks to the thousands of job seekers, businesses and service providers that have visited, posted resumes and jobs, contacted us for help with job search and attended online and in person events, AbilityLinks celebrated its 15th Anniversary last month! Special congratulations to the more than 700 job seekers that let us know they successfully found employment.

Last month AbilityLinks celebrated its' 15th anniversary with a breakfast that featured four successful AbilityLinks job candidates: Eric McGee from Enesco, Ann Williams and Karolina Pieniazek from the Social Security Administration and Andrew Besbekos from Equip for Equality.

Also attending were AbilityLinks committee members, volunteers, supporters and staff that have shared their expertise and resources to help AbilityLinks grow. 

Ann Williams

Ann Williams posted her resume and applied for jobs on A Social Security Administration (SSA) human resources recruiter found Ann’s resume and contacted, interviewed and hired her. Ann also consulted with AbilityLinks information and referral counselors for advice on her job search. 

A young adult with a learning disability looks forward to the chance to take on responsibility, make decisions and build interpersonal communication just like any traditional prospective hire. As always, one of the decisions a candidate or new employee must make is disclosure of disability to an employer. Others can provide help and support when it comes to making the decision. Parents especially, because of how well they know their child and understand the disability, can help more than anyone else