Research from Accenture shows how hidden workers, including workers with disabilities, can face enormous challenges finding work or increasing their hours. The reason? They’re often screened out early on by hiring processes that rely on recruitment management systems to automatically filter and rank candidates. Hiring hidden workers is not just good for the individuals concerned, it also offers real benefits to the organizations they join. Nearly two-thirds of executives hiring hidden workers report that their new recruits perform “significantly better” than average across a range of key indicators including work ethic, productivity, work quality, attendance and innovation.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors, in collaboration with the State Exchange on Employment & Disability, published a toolkit on “Providing Effective Workforce Development Services to Individuals with Disabilities in a Limited Resource Environment.” A return to pre-pandemic workforce standards in many cities across the U.S would only continue the trend of flat or unimproved employment rates among people with disabilities. This toolkit outlines the importance of mayoral advocacy to drive change. New initiatives can positively change the landscape of opportunity for workers with disabilities and businesses owned by individuals with disabilities.
More than 20 leading employers and industry associations offer their strategies to improve apprenticeship access and success for underrepresented populations in this report from Jobs for the Future.
A recent report from The Urban Institute provides a summary of current information on experiences of people with disabilities in apprenticeship, drawing on the research literature, interviews with experts on inclusive apprenticeship, and administrative and survey data. It also shares key findings of inclusive apprenticeships.
This resource from Apprenti guides current and future apprentices with disabilities through the accommodation process beginning with disclosure. It shares practical information on legal rights and factors to consider when requesting a reasonable accommodation.
The pandemic has disrupted the personal finances of many Americans. As a result, large numbers of people — including those with disabilities — are making employment–related decisions based on their new financial situation. This toolkit provides a path forward, based on where the individual is in the employment journey, in the following topic areas: Preparing for a Job, Starting a Job, Maintaining a Job, Changing or Losing a Job, and Retiring from a Job — for answers to important questions, including tools and resources to help meet financial goals.
Inclusive apprenticeship programs—those that support and are designed to be inclusive of apprentices with disabilities—hold promise for improving long-term employment outcomes for participants. However, little is known about the prevalence and operations of inclusive apprenticeship programs. This report summarizes current information on experiences of people with disabilities in apprenticeship, drawing on the research literature, interviews with experts on inclusive apprenticeship, and administrative and survey data.
A leading source of free and confidential expertise and guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment. JAN helps individuals with disabilities enhance employability while offering employers guidance on workplace accommodations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) collaborated to provide a workbook for youth with disabilities on making informed decisions about disclosing disabilities and how this disclosure may affect different aspects of their lives, such as employment.