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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If people without a disability are uncomfortable around people who have a disability, it is generally because they have little exposure to people with disabilities. The real obstacle is fear of the unknown.

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What do you get when you bring together Best Buy, EMC, Toys”R”Us, AMC Entertainment, CSX, Procter & Gamble, UPMC, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Cisco Systems, and Prudential Financial? An incredible mix of award-winning companies who have attempted to improve the U.S. workforce, workplace, or marketplace for individuals with disabilities.

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Dwayne Hayes, President of Exalt Integrated Technologies LLC, is an African-American, service-disabled veteran who was named on of the top five entrepreneurs in Atlanta by Business to Business.

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Heroes Coming Home

Veterans June 13, 2012 0

The Sears Heroes at Home program raises money to support the rehabilitation of homes for veterans and military families across the country in collaboration with Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading non profit working to preserve affordable homeownership.

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2011 NCAA Wrestling champion Anthony Robles speaks about his disability, how it’s impacted his life, and being “Unstoppable.”

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On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the only blind man in history to reach the summit of the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. On August 20, 2008, when he stood on top of Carstenz Pyramid, the tallest peak in Austral-Asia, Weihenmayer completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents.

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