Essential functions job descriptions are a crucial component of HR compliance, especially useful in the mitigation of risk when it comes to the talent acquisition, management, and potential termination of individuals with disabilities.

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The veterans issue has raised the visibility of the needs for people with disabilities and diversity and inclusion practitioners need to be sure that they are adequately equipped to address these issues in your organizations.

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Many companies now celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a day annually observed on December 3rd to focus on issues that affect people with disabilities worldwide.

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Aside from the obvious social good, employing individuals with Asperger Syndrome is good for business—it can attract a significant market share, reduce employee turnover, and increase productivity.

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Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), has launched an initiative which aims to increase employment among individuals with disabilities.

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As a four-time Paralympic Gold Medalist and five-time World Champion sprinter, I can say the most important lesson I learned on the track was the concept of pushing myself beyond my own perceived limitations. Athletics has taught me how to overcome adversity and take risks.

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The New “D” Word

PDJ August 24, 2012 1

Disability disclosure is a personal decision and one that should not be taken lightly by anyone. Because it’s such an important decision and one that impacts both the individual and the employer, it is to everyone’s benefit to be armed with quality information and guidance, i.e., tools, to ensure the process and end result is straightforward, simple and successful.

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Paralympic Sports

PDJ August 7, 2012 0

The Paralympic Games include athletes with mobility disabilities, amputations, blindness, and cerebral palsy. The Paralympic Movement classifies eligible impairments as such: impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of movement, limb deficiency, leg length difference, short stature, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis, vision impairment, and intellectual impairment.

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It is our responsibility as individuals and organizations to recognize, respect, and value the differences of all individuals which provide the opportunity to learn from our colleagues and the diversity of their background.

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Fact or Fiction?

PDJ July 3, 2012 0

Separating fact from fiction will open the doors of opportunity for people with disabilities, a group which faces an unemployment rate nearly double that of people without disabilities.

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