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I’ll begin with a reminder that this article is written specifically from the perspective of an individual with an obvious physical disability, who self-identifies by nature and choice as an individual with a disability.  Not everyone who has a disability is readily identifiable as a disabled person, for myriad different reasons.  For example, their disability may not be physical, visually recognizable, or they may choose to obscure or deny the conditions and precepts of their disability.  This is their choice, and they are free to make it.  However, an argument will be made in this writing that it is personally and professionally detrimental to either attempt to or successfully hide a disability from an employer or colleague.

As a professional and a job seeker with a disability, I’m often confronted with a work environment that becomes a challenge for me to consistently successfully navigate because of unique difficulties imposed by my disability.  My disability is Cerebral Palsy, and the individual issues that I need to recognize and circumvent on a daily basis are physical in nature, centered on mobility.  This is the perspective through which I will summarize and investigate reasonable accommodation within the workplace, however, I’d like to stress that accommodations are not exclusively physical in nature; any aspect of life, work, and disability can be accommodated.

By Mark Williams

Employers’ hiring decisions may be affected by cultural or individual biases against individuals with disabilities. These biases may be implicit, in that they are not apparent to the jobseeker or the interviewer. Implicit bias can be addressed through training, experience, and policies and practices that promote inclusion, objectivity and measurement.


WHEATON, Ill. –, the award-winning job-opportunity network created in 2001 to promote the hiring of people with disabilities, will host its second virtual job fair of the year beginning June 17. All job-seekers with disabilities and employers who value disability diversity are invited to participate.


After a court challenge failed, a new Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) rule designed to increase employment of people with disabilities went into effect on March 24, 2014. A key element of the rule is for federal contractors to set a goal that 7% of their workforce be persons with disabilities.

AbilityLinks is hosting a virtual job fair Tuesday, March 25 to Thursday, March 27, 2014, one of three virtual job fairs scheduled for 2014. Here are some answers to common questions employers, service providers and persons with disabilities have about the job fair.


I am a chronic procrastinator. Does that sound like you, too? Do you frequently open up your Internet browser, intending only to check your "most important" websites, only to suddenly look down and realize four hours have passed and you haven't gotten ANY work done? If so, you're not alone! 

Bill O'Connor, editors note: Our intern, Lauren Bryant, discusses this important day for people with disabilities and how it affects those searching for employment.

January 20th is known as Martin Luther King Day, celebrating the Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. A lesser known fact is that January 20th is also the International Day of Acceptance, a day for all those with disabilities and their loved ones to celebrate acceptance and understanding. 

12-31-13Last month, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) filed a request for an injunction against an Aug. 27 rule from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The OFCCP rule alters federal contractors’ existing affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations for individuals with disabilities including sets hiring goals for disabled individuals.

Key Elements of the ABC court challenge include that Federal Contractor Affirmative Action Programs:, the award-winning job opportunity website that was created in 2001 to influence disability and employment-related practices and hiring of people with disabilities, will host its final virtual job fair of the year beginning October 8. All job seekers with disabilities and employers that value disability diversity are invited to participate during National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

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Lauren Bryant and Bill O'Connor

By Bill O'Connor

Lauren Bryant, AbilityLinks volunteer & intern at AbilityLinks is prepping for her next step in her academic career, walking down the halls of one of two Big Ten schools.