Disability Inclusion and The Workplace

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Published Monday, February 5, 2018
Young man in collard shirt and vest standing against brick wall in sunglasses holding white cane

Author: Kathy Petkauskos, Director, Work Without Limits

Oftentimes when we are conducting disability etiquette and other similar training's for employers, the first question we get is: what do you mean when you say disability? It’s a very good question because disability is different for everyone; it varies from person to person, and can change over time. It’s important to understand this in order to better serve employees, clients, and others involved in your business. So, what do we mean when we say disability?

Published Monday, January 29, 2018
Raytheon recruiters taking application at career fair from interested applicant

Author: Bonnie Rivers, Director of Employer Relations, Work Without Limits
The Conference Board’s 2014 research report: Do Ask, Do Tell: Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify outlines what companies are doing and can do to build a disability-inclusive culture and encourage employees with disabilities to self-identify. Under the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, organizations with federal government contracts and their subcontractors are required to invite applicants (at pre-offer and post-offer) and employees (every five years) to self-identify as individuals with disabilities. Ernst & Young (EY), Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare (HPHC), and Raytheon are three such employers doing tremendous work in this area.

Published Monday, January 22, 2018
Artist Brogan Joe Murphy with his piece, 'Stephie and Izzie.' Brogan sitting in his wheelchair in front of painting depicting a woman in a wheelchair and her golden retriever.

Author: Rita DiNunzio, Assistant Director for Communications & Policy, Massachusetts Office on Disability
The Massachusetts Office on Disability is a state agency with the mission of ensuring full and equal participation in all aspects of life by persons with disabilities. In early 2017, MOD created a new public outreach effort, that is, we asked the public to submit original artwork that depicts people with disabilities “Breaking Barriers.” Much of our agency’s work focuses on providing technical assistance to the public on various disability-related laws and regulations. Therefore, one purpose of the call for art was to ensure that we stay in touch with the human aspect of the agency’s mission: dignity and self-determination for all people with disabilities.