December 28th, 2021 | Lori Burkholder, Anchor Watch the interview here He shared his journey following a health scare over the summer. “I’m getting better every day by increments. I can tell. I’m doing great. Fabulous. Better than I was a couple months ago, that’s for sure,” he said. In his first on-camera interview since […]
Friday, December 10th 2021 Gov. Tom Ridge, chairman of the National Organization on Disability, was in attendance today at the funeral of former U.S. Senator Bob Dole at the National Cathedral in Washington. “Any discussion about the opportunities that exist today for people with disabilities in America must include the heroic contributions of my […]
Annual Employment Tracker Reveals an Increase in Hiring People with Disabilities, While Self-ID Rates Decrease NEW YORK (December 8, 2021) – The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is encouraging all companies to look closer at the 80-percent of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed and to make disability inclusion part of their […]
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) applauds the final rule announcement by the U.S. Department of Labor to ensure that workers with disabilities performing work on or in connection with covered federal contracts cannot be paid subminimum wages. As our chairman, Gov. Tom Ridge, testified before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, it is discriminatory that any individual, or group of individuals, be paid less than minimum wage, a practice which is still allowed by Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We are thrilled by this executive action, which ensures that individuals with disabilities can participate equally in the workforce.
Many are having to press their universities for accommodations — or drop classes entirely Stephanie Lai | November 1st, 2021 at 6:00 a.m. EDT Jessica Chaikof, 29, and her service dog, Jigg, are seen on campus at American University in D.C. on Oct. 19. Chaikof, who has Usher syndrome, is a master’s student in sociology. […]
By Charles Catherine | Essential Accessibility Blog | October 28th, 2021 If you look around your neighborhood these days, chances are you will see a lot of “help wanted” signs dotting the business landscape. As we repeatedly hear, a labor shortage is gripping our nation and employers are struggling to find people wanting […]
By Carol Glazor, President of NOD After decades of seeing no real change, something finally may be shifting, and more people with disabilities are finding jobs. NOD’s 2021 Employment Tracker shows that the percentage of new hires with disabilities among major employers is increasing. While the numbers are still too low, it is more […]
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By Tamar Savir | Medium, October 25th, 2021 We kicked off the #NoMouseVMware challenge this week, inviting employees to navigate a website or a tool for 30 minutes using only the keyboard. Not everyone relies on a mouse or a trackpad when using their computers. The general “cat” population may be surprised to know there […]
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"Along with many others, I have dedicated many years to advocating for people with disabilities, and I stand proudly by NOD’s mission to recognize everyone’s abilities and talents, especially in the workforce. I encourage all companies (especially those in the media and entertainment fields) to see people with disabilities as they are —productive, resilient, and hard working. People with disabilities can do anything if they are given the opportunity."
Fortunately, some best-in-class employers are already creating inclusive workplaces and removing barriers for PWD to find jobs. Every year, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) recognizes these top companies for not only leading the way in inclusion, but also for tapping into the many benefits that come with hiring talent with disabilities, which include high rates of productivity, strong dedication, and greater engagement at work.