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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:

AbilityLinks.org, 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.

 

 I'm going to run a little experiment. I want all of you reading this to ask anyone, anyone at all, the following question: “Hey, have you heard of this website called Tumblr?” What was their response? 

I can almost guarantee that 90% or so of those people you asked, responded with: “What the heck is Tumblr?” 

On October 8-10, AbilityLinks kicked off National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with a virtual job fair.

 “Today, Americans with disabilities are facing disproportionately high rates of unemployment compared to Americans without disabilities,” said Jack Markell, National Governors Association Chair, in his letter from 2012 announcing the initiative “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.” The initiative began last year, and this month, the NGA published a

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has “everybody” talking: EveryBody: An Artifact History of Disability in America.

• Offered job during an instant messenger interview, often Yahoo Messenger. Jobs ARE NOT offered during online interviews!• Scammers use personal email accounts like @yahoo.com, @gmail.com. Real employer email  addresses END with the company name like @starbucks.com, @abilitylinks.org, @walmart.com.• Offered a check or direct deposit/asked for bank account information. NEVER give bank account numbers, routing information or money to anyone you don't know.• If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. How to Tell if a Job is a Scam. 

 

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The U.S. Department of Labor is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people with disabilities, among other requirements. The department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs invites public comment on this proposal, which was published in the December 9 edition of the Federal Register.

If you’re hard of hearing, you know that it’s especially difficult to hold a conversation in crowded, noisy places like restaurants and parties, even when you use a hearing aid. The hearing aid amplifies the conversations and noises from the tables and people around you along with the voices of the persons you want to talk with.

A hearing impaired smart phone user has found a creative solution to this common problem, reports the New York Times. By attaching a directional microphone to an iphone, pointing it toward the person you are talking with and using a pair of in-ear earphones, that background noise can be limited, he found.

There are many programs and services in place to assist disabled veterans with financial support and finding employment. Navigating the complex interaction between multiple programs and public agencies can be a daunting task. To help, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Griffin-Hammis Associates has prepared a comprehensive guidebook tool. It outlines how cash benefits for disabled veterans are impacted by working and identifies government sponsored job placement and training options for veterans.

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