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If you’ve been out of the job market for a while, or are looking for your first job, it can feel quite overwhelming. Am I up to date on the latest career trends and technology? Am I ready for a new job? What do I need to do?

There’s no better time than today to focus on your Ability – companies around the world are embracing diversity and the power of the inclusive workforce. We hope these tips and resources will help you find the employer that is perfect for you, and end in a successful job search.

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.

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.

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 support to inclusive employers.

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Starting a Business: Tips for Parents with Disabilities

Empowering All

After opening Hidden Manna Café, a social service agency asked Glynis Harvey and Mark Cagley about the possibility of hiring a person with disabilities. Harvey and Cagley, parents of twin sons with autism, understand that it is difficult for people with disabilities to find employment. They also know how hard disabled persons work once they secure a job. Harvey’s responded to this question of employing disabled persons with “As long as you are willing to work, we are willing to work with you.”

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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.

 

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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 initiative is composed of three facets:

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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.

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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.

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? 

The opportunity for people with disabilities to become leaders in the workplace is a chance not to show your skills, but to provide a team with insight, confidence and excellent networking in the city of Chicago. When the inaugural group of the ADA25 Advancing Leadership program was launched 2 years ago, I saw such a great opportunity for people with disabilities and the civic engagement community to learn from each other, and the chance to learn about all facets of diversity.

The Chicago Community Trust diversity pipeline does not just talk about people with disabilities, but diversity encompasses race, gender, ethnic groups, age, personality, tenure, organizational function, education and background.

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With our low unemployment rate across the board for US citizens, people with disabilities have been seeing results that bring optimism in finding not just a job, but an ideal job. After missing out on an opportunity that you were excited about, rejection seeps in and it is tough for anyone to be rejected.

As you have that sinking feeling of rejection, you are not alone. Many business leaders have been rejected many times with their ideas, only to analyze what can be better in their ideas or even abandoned the idea altogether. When it boils down to is, successful people extract lessons from rejection, not stew about it.

There are many questions you can ask internally that would have made you the best candidate to fill the position.

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Hello Everyone,

I know it has been some time since I’ve posted a blog post, but I’m back and ready to discuss my experience with attending my first discussion panel focusing on inclusion for people with disabilities within the work place. The purpose of this panel was to highlight three different individuals who have disabilities, and for them to provide the attendees from various companies and organizations with insight into their experiences, as well as how these companies and or organizations can work with a potential employee with a disability to ensure that both parties have what they need.

Resources for Choosing a Career or Job Goal

Occupational Outlook Handbook tells you the training and education needed for hundreds of different kinds of jobs as well as what you would earn, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips and information about the job market in each State by occupation type.

O*Net OnLine is a tool for career exploration and job analysis featuring detailed descriptions of the world of work.

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