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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Results from the annual Disability Equality Index reveal 126 companies truly prioritizing the inclusion of people with disabilities and honored as the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”. Participants – Fortune 1000 corporations and Am Law 100 – are leaders across twenty-five unique business sectors with a significant global presence of over 7.8 million employees. The full company list can be accessed here: https://disabilityequalityindex.org/top_companies.
Drew Haubrich has Epilepsy and a successful career as a software developer/engineer. He recently shared his story with AbilityLinks.
What was it like growing up with Epilepsy?
When I was younger there was a point in time where I could not get my mind off the struggles of my disease. I would have 10-12 seizures a month.
Those seizures would wipe away my entire recent memory, meaning the last 24 hours. Because of this, I would constantly wonder if I would ever get better each time a symptom or seizure would strike.
I had a Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) implant, a device that sends regular, mild pulses of electrical energy to the brain to control seizures. It didn’t help at first, Mr. Haubrich said.
Since passage of the ADA access to public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications has improved. For example, it’s easier to go to restaurants, retail and grocery stores, use phones, technology, and public transit.
At the same time, despite passage of the ADA, workplace disability inclusion has lagged behind. Recent changes to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, are intended to increase workplace disability inclusion. These changes put in place hiring goals and voluntary self-identification of disability to measure disability inclusion.
Congratulations AbilityLinks Information and Referral Counselor Bill O’Connor for being named to the 2018 Fellows Class of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership!
The mission of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership, now three years old, is to build a pipeline and network of leaders with disabilities who are deeply engaged in the civic life of the Chicago region and advancing in their careers — consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
“Although people with disabilities are our neighbors, co-workers, classmates, family and friends, they rarely play a visible leadership role at tables of power and influence in Chicago,” says Emily Harris, Executive Director of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership.
In 2007 the US Marines contracted John Kennedy to develop a non-digital neuroplastic training program to improve all warfighting skills in order to reduce casualties in combat. By physically changing the brain in areas critical to focus and accelerating cognition all areas of performance are improved. Not only have military personnel seen improvement through Combat Brain Training but athletes, business people, students and people with disabilities have as well.
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On July 20, 2017 AbilityLinks Hosted Ace the Interview, Land the Job a job seeker webinar featuring a guest presenter from Advanced Resources, one of the nation's largest staffing agencies.
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.
Program Description Applying for jobs online can be challenging and time consuming. More than often than not, your application is one of many that an employer receives and processes. In fact, research shows that companies get more than 250 applications for each job opportunity. Presented by a panel of TCF Bank Staffing Specialists, the webinar presenters will help you better understand the online application process and how to get your application noticed. Important tips for successfully completing the application process will be presented.