Today, October 31st, is the last day of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The goal of NDEAM is to promote resources for employees with disabilities and their employers. Ted Simmons of Arizona PBS recently interviewed Pv Jantz about resources offered by the Arizona Commission of the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. Jantz, who is deaf, says employers shouldn’t assume what type of accommodation a new co-worker needs. The best approach is to ask the employee what they prefer as an individual. Workers with disabilities tend to be experts on which accommodations best fit their individual needs. Jantz also recommends the website www.AskJAN.org (the Job Accommodation Network) as a resource for employers and employees with disabilities.
David Uzzell is a deaf chef at Marcel’s, a high-end restaurant in Washington D.C. Uzzell and his colleagues use laser pointers, hand signals and a notepad to communicate meal orders and discuss kitchen operations. NPR reporter Kristin Hartke interviewed Uzzell and his boss Robert Wiedmaier about Uzzell’s work and creativity. “I couldn’t have hired David if he had no taste or sense of smell. Being deaf hasn’t stopped him from being a damn good chef,” Wiedmaier said.
The 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI) reports U.S. businesses are increasing efforts to recruit employees with disabilities. Click here to read the full article by Kellie Ell in USA Today. An excerpt: “With the help of the Index, more companies are integrating online chat features for deaf and hard-of-hearing employees, guide dogs for blind workers, internal company affinity groups, external recruitment efforts, hiring goals and retention and advancement policies for people with disabilities into the work place.”
Unemployment rates for people with disabilities are significantly higher across America–especially in West Virginia, where around 25 percent of disabled people are employed. Some states are working to reduce those numbers, following a South Dakota state agency’s example. Read more
A photographer from North Wales is using their work to change the world’s perspective on disability. The unique photos show people with disabilities sharing something about their own dreams or ambitions. Read more
Disability Scoop reports that disability discrimination claims in the workplace reached a record high in 2016. Read more
Pennsylvania is considering a plan that would reduce sheltered workshop jobs, advocating for more community inclusion for adults with disabilities. Read more
Disability Scoop reports that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is accusing retail giant Walmart of Americans with Disabilities Act violations after a woman with Down Syndrome was fired from a store in Wisconsin. Read more
People with disabilities tell NPR that they are finding freedom in employment in the food industry. Read more