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Seeing Potential | Hiring Individuals with Vision Impairments

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Imagine if you woke up tomorrow with impaired vision. How would you get around, prepare dinner or get dressed? Then imagine trying to find meaningful employment.

Thankfully there are organizations like Bosma Enterprises. Bosma provides job training, employment services, rehabilitation and outreach programs for people from adolescent to to senior age. They’re also Indiana’s largest employer of people with vision loss, offering several products through diverse lines of business including health and safety items, printing, a contact center, warehousing and contract packaging, hearing aids, Independent Living Store, dry food packaging and Ice Melt.

Recently DirectEmployers had the privilege of sponsoring a joint event between IndySHRM and the Indiana Industry Liaison Group, which included a veteran & individuals with disabilities services fair. Bosma was in attendance and their exhibit had some fascinating material including an impaired vision simulator for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts and blindness. See for yourself how your vision would be impacted:

Sometimes businesses may question the ability to be competitive and accommodating when employing people with disabilities. Bosma has made nearly $50 million in revenue and expanded into two facilities – proof that employing people who are blind or visually impaired works.

Partners can help you understand requirements under Section 503 and help you identify reasonable accommodations to diversify your workforce. They also open the door for your company to connect with motivated and talented job seekers – as evident in the success stories on Bosma’s website.

This is reminiscent of the message from our DEAM14 keynote, John Robinson – people with disabilities are problem solvers. And as Secretary of Labor Tom Perez stated in his blog when announcing the new regs, “These new rules are a win-win. They will benefit veterans and people with disabilities, who belong in the economic mainstream of the nation but have faced unfair barriers in the job market. They will benefit employers who do business with the federal government, increasing their access to a large, diverse pool of qualified workers. And they will benefit the entire nation, as these rules help us fulfill the American promise of equal opportunity for all.”

DirectEmployers is constantly seeking out new partnerships to help connect our Members with these great organizations. For questions regarding current partnerships, contact Shannon Offord, Manager Strategic Partnerships at Shannon@DirectEmployers.org.

Online Job Portal to Connect Job Seekers with Disabilities to Employers

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The following press release was authored by Think Beyond the Label and originally posted on November 29, 2011.

Think Beyond the Label Creates Jobs Portal for People with Disabilities

New online venue gives job seekers with disabilities access to nearly one million jobs and employers seeking to hire them

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) November 29, 2011 — Think Beyond the Label launched an online jobs portal that connects job seekers with disabilities to employers, including those that are actively seeking to hire them. Think Beyond the Label’s new job-search engine gives candidates with disabilities free access to nearly one million job listings from more than 90,000 vetted hiring employers in the private and public sectors.

With a 15% unemployment rate among working-age Americans with disabilities, Think Beyond the Label created the jobs portal to promote disability employment opportunities, help grow the pipeline of qualified job candidates with disabilities, and meet businesses’ hiring needs.

“Think Beyond the Label’s fresh approach and message already attracts thousands of people with disabilities to our website, and our jobs portal gives job seekers with disabilities a credible, easy-to-use way to apply for real jobs with companies that want to hire them,” says Barbara Otto, CEO of Health & Disability Advocates, the Chicago-based policy and advocacy organization that operates the Think Beyond the Label partnership.

The Think Beyond the Label jobs portal, which is available at www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com, has a custom interface for displaying available jobs for people with disabilities. The portal first lists results by those companies that are actively seeking to hire from this group, including the federal sector and companies that do business with the federal government. It lets candidates directly interact with employers, and employers are notified when a job seeker applies for a job from the Think Beyond the Label website.

To power this new online platform, Think Beyond the Label partnered with DirectEmployers Association, a consortium of leading global employers. DirectEmployers’ JobCentral database taps into the National Labor Exchange’s job-search engine to distribute listings from small and large employers across the U.S., many who looking for innovative ways for finding and hiring people with disabilities.

“DirectEmployers Association helps employers find and hire candidates in targeted communities that might be difficult to reach via traditional recruiting efforts, says Bill Warren, Executive Director of DirectEmployers Association. “We share a common mission with Think Beyond the Label in that we’re giving companies a new avenue to pursue qualified job seekers with disabilities and meet their workplace diversity needs.”

Think Beyond the Label also helps employers find state and local agencies that specialize in jobs placement and careers for people with disabilities. Such agencies work with employers to screen, recruit and train potential candidates as part of the federal government’s initiatives to improve the employment landscape for people with disabilities, including veterans.

“Our jobs portal and other initiatives all are designed to help more businesses recruit from this under-employed talent pool and take advantage of the tangible benefits of hiring a person with a disability, such as federal tax credits, enhancing workplace diversity and reaching new customers,” says Otto.

About Think Beyond the Label
Think Beyond the Label is a private-public partnership that helps businesses and the public workforce system more effectively recruit, hire and retain job seekers with disabilities across 50 states. Our partnership spans state health and human service and employment agencies; businesses; and Health & Disability Advocates, a national nonprofit organization that manages the Think Beyond the Label partnership. For more information please go to www.thinkbeyondthelabel.com.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit, 600 plus member employer association. As provided in its corporate bylaws, a board of directors consisting of member company representatives manages the business and affairs of the Association. Its mission is to provide employers an employment network that is cost-effective, improves labor market efficiency and reaches an ethnically diverse national workforce. For more news and information, please visit www.DirectEmployers.org.


Disaboomjobs.com Continues Partnership with DirectEmployers Association

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

The following press release is from Disaboom, Inc. regarding their continued partnership with DirectEmployers Association.

Disaboom, Inc. (OTCBB: DSBO) (www.disaboom.com) the leading online resource for people with disabilities announced today it is extending their long time partnership with DirectEmployers Association to provide jobs for the disabled community on its disaboomjobs.com flagship website.

Disaboomjobs.com matches employers hiring people with disabilities to people with disabilities searching for employment. Disaboomjobs.com will host DirectEmployers’ JobCentral database for easy access to job postings and provide an avenue for gainful employment using the disaboomjobs.com job board.

“Our research concluded that continuing our partnership with DirectEmployers Association was the best solution for our community of people with disabilities”, said Robert Skinner, Chairman of Disaboom, Inc. “Our intent is to provide the most accurate data for employers and the disability community. We have more than a million visitors each year trusting disaboom.com as their premier online resource and many are looking for employment opportunities. Understanding that, we have actively sought out pertinent content from the Department of Labor, the White House, the Veterans Administration as well as private sector companies and organizations who are advocating job creation and entrepreneurial opportunities for persons with disabilities. We are expecting great synergy from our partnership with DirectEmployers.”

JobCentral is managed by DirectEmployers Association a nonprofit HR consortium of leading global employers formed to improve labor market efficiency through the sharing of best practices, research and the development of technology.

“DirectEmployers Association provides a strategic recruiting community where ideas, resources and practices are shared,” says Shannon Offord with DirectEmployers. “Our partnership with disaboomjobs.com allows our employers to provide opportunities in areas where the need is greatest. We plan to coordinate our efforts with Disaboom by co-hosting instructional and informative webinars for employers seeking to hire people with disabilities.”