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2020 has been a calendar year that will live on in the history books for decades to come, and for many has been the most difficult year in recent memory. The crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic is one of the major factors contributing to this. The epidemic has created a need for rapid change for individuals, organizations, and companies across the entire world. Part of this change has been a swift move to remote work, with offices closing and employees either on quarantine or choosing to stay home.

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Assessing your job seeking skills is an essential first step to finding success in your job search and finding the perfect career! Here's some tips to help you better define what kind of job you are looking for, what specific skills you can offer and how those line up with available jobs, opportunities for improving your resume, and having a great interview.

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Technology has been a key component of empowering persons with disabilities, especially in the last 10 years, where we've seen an explosion of innovation. Whether you are an individual living with a disability yourself — or you have friends, family, employees, or co-workers who are — there's no doubt of how technology helps everyone reach their full potential. Maybe you've used voice-activated smart devices to execute commands without using your hands, or you've utilized a screen reader to view webpages, for example. Employers are also catching on and rapidly adopting accessibility technology in the workplace.

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Autism presents significant challenges for many children born both in the US and in countries around the world. Consequently, more resources are needed, both on a national and global scale to fund medical research into the causes of Autism. If not, we are facing a grim future for generations to come.

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication, and restricted and repetitive behavior. The Centers for Disease Control reports the following statistics:

Tax Credits for Inclusive Employers

There are numerous benefits to being (or becoming!) an inclusive employer and actively seeking out a diverse workforce. It can give your business a different perspective on how to innovate and solve problems&lt. A team that includes people with disabilities provides a wide breadth of experience to draw from. It creates an efficient and effective group of workers that treats everyone as equals. It can provide very real, very measurable benefits to productivity and profitability.

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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.

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.

Find a Job with These Helpful Tips

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.

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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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Starting a Business: Tips for Parents with Disabilities

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.

 

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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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.

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