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December Newsletter 2009

Dear AbilityLinks Supporter,


Please read our latest Newsletter.


AbilityLinks recently marked National Disability Employment Awareness month by holding an online job fair. Here’s an excerpt from a news story about the job fair: 

Job Opportunities For Persons With Disabilities Abound During Virtual Job Fair, the job opportunity website for persons with disabilities and inclusive employers, reported a significant increase in the amount of open employment positions posted to its site during its week-long virtual job fair held October 12-16. This despite published reports of an unemployment rate greater than 10 percent. Read the entire story.  



An Employed Person Profile

From time to time, successfully employed individuals share their story to encourage AbilityLinks job seekers and educate businesses. Here is an excerpt from a recent submission:

I broke my neck in a diving accident when I was 16, just 2 weeks before the beginning of my senior year of High School. I rehabbed the fall semester and rejoined my class after Christmas break to finish my requirements and graduate on time. 

I made sure I knew how to manage my care (and caregivers), and was knowledgeable and qualified to perform the work involved for the career I was seeking. That involved developing a plan for finding caregivers, performing ADL (self-care) tasks in the shortest possible time (but still maintaining a 'professional' appearance) and getting to and from the work place on-time, everyday, regardless of the weather or if there were any other 'issues' associated with my disability. Read the entire profile.

New Sponsors and Consortium Members
A warm welcome is extended to new AbilityLinks Consortium members Resurrection Healthcare, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, SunTrust Bank, Onondaga Case Management Services Inc., Easter Seals New Jersey, ABILITY Awareness, National-Louis University, Watson VR Resources, Inc., The United States DoD (Department of Defense), Banner Personnel Services, Inc., The Autism Council of Rochester, Inc. and The University of Chicago.


Special thanks to Colorado Springs Utilities for their AbilityLinks Sponsorship and  Resurrection Healthcare for their Premium Membership.

Since 1924, Colorado Springs Utilities has been providing electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the Pikes Peak region. After all these years their customers still enjoy competitive prices, exceptional hometown service, responsible environmental practices and a voice in how their utility operates. View Colorado Springs Utilities job opportunities.

Resurrection Healthcare offers rewarding and diverse career opportunities and is  committed to the continued professional development of all staff at every level throughout the organization. Learn about Resurrection Healthcare job opportunities.


Become an AbilityLinks Sponsor and if your organization is not a member yet, Join the AbilityLinks Consortium.


Featured Job

Naperville Illinois Paychex Inc. is seeking short-term temps to collate, pack and send packages out to clients. Qualified candidates must be available Monday, January 4, 2010 through Friday, January 8, 2010 (possibly shorter or longer) and be able to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the assigned days. View this job posting.


Accurate Dispersions, a south suburban Chicago company, is seeking an individual to operate and maintain filling equipment. Other related duties include routine maintenance of the equipment, batch mixing, tank cleaning and maintaining the cleanliness of equipment. View this job posting.

Featured Job Seeker
This AbilityLinks candidate has Bachelors in accounting and is working on a Masters degree. His expertise includes revenue recognition and analysis of financial and operating data, tax analysis and compliance auditing, maintaining and preparing. View his resume.



Events Calendar

Please check out these upcoming events posted on the AbilityLinks Calendar or add your event to the calendar.

Employer and Recruiter Webinar

Explore how to increase your diversity and include more persons with disabilities in the workplace. Besides orienting you to using the web site to find qualified candidates, this Webinar will offer tips on making your workplace disability friendly.


Audience: Employers/Recruiters, Service Providers

Start Date: 12/9/2009

End Date: 12/9/2009

Start Time: 10:00 AM

End Time: 11:00 AM


Location: At your computer


Interview Tips and Techniques

Learn tips and techniques on how to improve your interviewing skills and maximize your job search efforts using


Audience: Job Seekers, Service Providers, Employed Persons with a Disability

Start Date: 12/16/2009

End Date: 12/16/2009

Start Time: 10:00 AM

End Time: 11:00 AM


Location: At your computer


ATIA Leadership Forum on Accessibility

Two day event in Orlando! Includes: • Educational sessions covering strategic accessibility issues that influence decisions, technology implementation issues such as accessible telephony and social media, legislative impacts, initiatives to serve employees & customers with disabilities or age-related impairments, and much more. • Access to one of the largest exhibit halls of assistive technology • A Networking Reception to foster interaction amongst peers & IT & AT execs


Audience: Employers/Recruiters, Service Providers

Start Date: 1/28/2010

End Date: 1/29/2010

Start Time: 8:30 AM

End Time: 3:45 PM


Location: Caribbean Royale Orlando All-Suite Hotel & Convention Center

City: Orlando

State: FL

Zip: 32821


Best wishes,


Ken Skord

AbilityLinks Program Director


[email protected]



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