Shaping a More Inclusive Workplace

Today, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) will host its first National Diversity Forum at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center,.  This event is part of Add Us In – an initiative with the main goal of identifying and developing strategies to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities in small business communities.  This specifically entails those located in or serving underrepresented and historically excluded communities, including those owned and operated by ethnic and racial minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals; veterans; women; and people with disabilities. 

Add Us In is not only a project that is a priority for the department, it is also a project that is very close to my heart.  Like so many of you, my life has been profoundly impacted by my various identities and experiences.  Disability, race, gender and sexual orientation have all shaped the person I am today. 

I faced multiple challenges in becoming successfully employed, as many people with disabilities do.  We are often unable to find sustainable employment opportunities, and struggle to manage prejudice, our own disability related needs and other challenges.  Just like many other underrepresented and historically excluded groups, we bring incredible skills to the workplace; we just need the opportunity to prove ourselves to be motivated and productive employees who contribute to the bottom line.

I think that we can all agree, no matter who you are or where you are from, that work is about dignity and respect.  A critical part of our National Diversity Forum is a Plenary Dialogue including questions around employment strategies for people with disabilities, business hiring practices, resource coordination and sharing, and understanding the role of community supports. Our goal for this Plenary Dialogue is to learn from you and to hear your shared ideas and personal examples that move us forward towards a more inclusive and diverse workforce.

However, I know that not everyone can come to Washington DC or be present at this Forum.  To ensure that participation is possible for everyone, I would like to share with you the six questions that will shape the Plenary Dialogue:

  1. What are key elements of disability hiring that differ between large and small businesses?
  2. What do small businesses need to increase the number of people with disabilities within their ranks of employees?
  3. How can the benefits of diversity (including disability) hiring be better promoted?
  4. How do you suggest coordination between education and employment systems be increased to ensure greater employment for youth with disabilities?
  5. How do you think workforce systems and employment policies can be made more responsive to communities that are culturally and linguistically diverse? 
  6. How can ODEP and employment systems better engage with “influencers” such as family, faith and other community supports in underserved communities?

Please feel free to email me with your feedback at: Kathleen.martinez.public@dol.gov or post a comment to this blog. I look forward to hearing from you, and together we can lead the way toward creating a more inclusive workplace.

Kathy Martinez is the assistant secretary for the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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  1. Nice post for work progress thanks for sharing this types of information

  2. Thank you for posting and recognizing his hard work and dedication to a great cause.

  3. Gregg Stoerrle says:

    Can ODEP help me? After i became a whistleblower with OSHA and found out first hand how bad the whistleblower protection program is i started to drink .The therapist wanted to put me away but my family responsibilites prevented that.I did attened out patient services witch did help me stop drinking but My mental state is not good for i wake up every night with this case running through my mind of how bad OSHA handled my case and the fear of losing my home and family.Can ODEP help me find a job Ms Martinez?
    Gregg Stoerrle
    PROUD NAVY DAD

  4. skinlastin says:

    hi,
    thank you ODEP. Best Wishes

  5. David says:

    I am a disabled person from the federal government. I would like information about this Add Us In project. Thank you.

  6. I’ve always figured that the biggest hurdle to including employees with disabilities into the small business workforce was financial. While big corporations may be able to afford to make the necessary accommodations, many small businesses cannot.

  7. Rim Jerry says:

    Great info provided! Thank you for sharing. I also have little ones that will not be around us after fall.

  8. Katrina Kaif says:

    I’m a disable person and I will use this opportunity. Great Thanks from Community of Disables there are some people who cares for us thanks again

  9. Thank you for posting this article and recognizing his hard work .
    With Best Wishes

  10. Trevor says:

    Great post. Thank you for sharing this information. The questions are a great outline for discussions.

  11. It is very interesting for me to read this blog. Thank you for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon. Thanks

  12. Manish Joshi says:

    What a great information provided in post. I thank you very much for sharing. I love to read these type of post and gather information to share. Thanks

  13. Thomas Hack says:

    workplace diversity can be achieved through a common sense approach. Folks with disabilities are able tp play a much bigger part in the workplace because of technology. Good post!

  14. Very good news for all. It would be helpful for all to know some important news.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  15. This is a big hurdle to get over in the workplace, any changes are always welcomed.

  16. Alex says:

    I like the following your position: “I think that we can all agree, no matter who you are or where you are from, that work is about dignity and respect. A critical part of our National Diversity Forum is a Plenary Dialogue including questions around employment strategies for people with disabilities, business hiring practices, resource coordination and sharing, and understanding the role of community supports. ”
    Thank you for a great information provided in post

  17. The ODEP deserves so much credit for what they have done and the cause they believe is worth fighting for.

  18. Please dont forget that people with disabilities are the same people like we are and we have to respect their rights. Im running the small business and have had few guys working here who were sitting in wheelchair, to be honest they were doing their job the same like others, sometimes even better. To sum up, i would like to say that we dont need to be afraid to get the job for people with disabilities. All in all great and informative blog post to read.

  19. Still not much work has been done for disable people to create better work opportunity. Now its time to work.

  20. Thank you for showing concern over disabled persons. I find this article very touchy and i would like to know more about the same.

  21. First off, it’s encouraging to see that media avenues such as this blog are being used by government institutions to interact with the public. In terms of workplace equality, I believe, along with some of the other posters, that simple common sense is the best answer. For example, at the orthodontist’s office that I use there is a room set aside for people with disabilities. Common Sense.

  22. Taking care of disabled people is a major government achievement.Thanks a lot.

  23. Adictum says:

    It is difficult these days for anyone to get a job, and extremely difficult for those who actually have a disability. We can just hope that the government will continue to think of those who really need help and are truly unable to acquire a job.

  24. Very good news for all. It would be helpful for all to know some important news.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  25. I agree totally that this is a nice post for work progress. Many thanks for taking the time and sharing this information.

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  27. Fatmp3 says:

    Interesting post, I think society just has to evolve on it’s on and in it’s on way. There’s many different ideologies out there, but I believe acceptance is becoming a more and more common practice.

  28. good post,very informative is blog,your blog

  29. Took me time to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article.

  30. Some great remarks. Workplace diversity is key, and often neglcted by many businesses. be achieved through a common sense approach. With rapid changes in technology, there really is no excuse for being able to accommodate anyone and everyone in the work place.

  31. I think this is not of use now as i have seen some more new discoveries and latest techniques as you suggested work in progress

  32. tablet cases says:

    great post, you’ve hit the issue head on

  33. I whole heatedly agree with that fine attitude. I am impressed that our civil servants are not consumed by defeatism and are following in the footsteps of those fine women and men who created social justice for the hungry and the disadvantaged. Keep up your spirits, the economy is turning around.

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  34. i really appreciate what the government have done to improve the workplace and opportunities for the disability person. Actually, i’m one of them and I got a nice job recently. thanks!!!!!!

  35. Great post. It’s good to know some quality blogs still exist now that have useful information. Thanks for sharing buddy.

  36. I love such article. It was pleasant reading such an amazing article. Thanks for sharing with all of us, especially with me.

  37. I must consider myself very fortunate that, I have came across such a nice inspirational story. Though living with disabilities is a draw back but there are many people who are overcoming those difficulties by their strong determination.

  38. Idei afaceri says:

    Im running the small business and have had few guys working here who were sitting in wheelchair, to be honest they were doing their job the same like others, sometimes even better.

  39. Gordon Youd says:

    I really find it sad to see the way people with disabilities are treated.
    The Government can send its finest to do battle in other countries but whoe betide them if they get severely injured. They will come home to a heroes welcome
    then…….nothing.
    “Sorry we cannot give you a job, your disabled”. They were OK when they were needed.
    I admire their strength of character.

  40. Being a small business owner myself, I know that it can be tough when you’re forced to hire people that cannot perform the tasks that others can. I don’t think this law should be put on small businesses but rather the large corporations who are already getting huge tax breaks.

  41. Civils invariably begin reasoning ‘at-bottom’, needing always to Justify-Decisions.

    very true

  42. Very interesting post, good to see ppl interested on improving life quality for those who were born just “different”…
    I feel happy that i had the oportunity of working with mates that where “special” in some ways and that i also enjoyed the way they feel and learned very important things in life by only sharing quality moments with them.

    greets…

  43. Party Bus says:

    Thanks Cathy for the informative article. There is definitely a difference when it comes to hiring the disabled between small businesses and large corporations.

  44. Steven says:

    Kathy: This is amazing work and committment on your part. In the early 60s, I worked in my father’s drycleaning store and he hired a young girl who was disabled. He taught her how to process shirts to be cleaned and pressed. She learned the routines and became quite proficient at it. She came to work every morning on time and just loved what she did. Her mother never could thank my dad enough for this life changing event for her daughter. I really get what you are doing and I saw how it changed a person’s life irrevocably for the better.

  45. Thank you very much for sharing this post! I think, workplace diversity can be achieved through a common sense approach. Folks with disabilities are able to play a much bigger part today in the workplace because of modern technology.

  46. The post is really inspiring. Success lies in our hand it depends on hard work and faith in God. Great post !

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  48. I have really been struggling with this recently so I really appreciate the fact you have done a page on this in your blog, thanks a lot for this!

    Once again many thanks for this great article.

  49. The post is really inspiring. Success lies in our hand it depends on hard work and faith in God. Great post !

  50. A critical part of our National Diversity Forum is a Plenary Dialogue including questions around employment strategies for people with disabilities, business hiring practices, resource coordination and sharing, and understanding the role of community supports.

  51. alan says:

    It’s really hard at the moment for anyone to get employment, and hard still if you have a disability like me, even though i am a skilled tradesman . We all just hope that government will continue to help those who need the support and are unable to get employment. nice article thanks for sharing,God be with you.Alan.

  52. Have you got more information about ODEP ? Where can I find more documents ?

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  55. This is an interesting post and I never get tired of reading it over and over again.

  56. If you are someone who is disabled nalage get employment, are still hard for a skilled tradesman, however, it is, now the really hard. We need all the support that the government will continue to have hope and are unable to obtain employment

  57. Cathy Dau says:

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  59. beautiful says:

    “However, I know that not everyone can come to Washington DC or be present at this Forum” can you post me address and location to join this forum?

  60. john says:

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  61. This is a wonderful thing. I work with the blind in Rochester NY and we run our own business out of the building but also help blind people find employment. Anything to help out someone with a disability is a great idea.

  62. There should be equal access to all people no matter where they choose to go or to work. We are getting closer to seeing this in our own lifetime.

  63. It is very important to include minorities to every aspect of the society projects.

    Ths article shows how important it is..thank you

  64. Life in general sucks, when you come from a disadvantaged background or become disabled in one way or the other.

    I firmly believe that any measure to promote fairness and exclusivity, serves attention

  65. Thank you for this inspiring article.

    People should never forget tolerance and respect…

  66. Ipad support says:

    No one should be rejected from work, and including minorities and people with disabilities is such a wonderful thing.

    This kind of action should always be praised and imitated…

    Thank you

  67. Minorities should have equal opportunities in society, I agree, but they should also not have an unfair advantage in some institutions! (acceptance into universities is an example)

  68. if people with good intentions join forces, create a better world
    Sonia

  69. A truly inspirational article. For others to lead by this example could change so much…

  70. Birds Flight says:

    Great post. The disabled labor force is just like the endangered kiwi bird that is disabled and fighting for its survival.

  71. Fred says:

    AMAZING INFORMATION, very inpiring, Great post.
    Fred

  72. Jordan says:

    Good post. Glad to see some people are sill fighting for equal opportunities.

  73. Jordan says:

    Interesting. I will have to read more of your posts.

  74. we must all strive for equal opportunities.
    juan.

  75. Thank you for the tips, thus we can apply them and make our work much more efficiently. Thank you again. Miguel

  76. Thank you for this lesson of respect and peace inside society.

  77. Thank you very much for this article, this is very important to keep bounds between people and to include everyone in our society.

  78. Its great to highlight what actually needs changed in the workplace. More information like this is needed

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  80. rees says:

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  81. Very interesting and informative article indeed. Thanks a lot for sharing this interesting post and I will be waiting for other great news from you in the nearest future.

  82. Supporting people with disabilities is a wonderful gesture of consideration. This struggle for the improvement of people from being discriminated against and have equal opportunities to demonstrate their potential and work needs to be supported in it.

  83. Cyst Acne says:

    Its great to highlight what actually needs changed in the workplace. More information like this is needed

  84. ukmark says:

    Its because of wonderful people like you and your efforts that make a positive change in this world.
    thank you

  85. iPhone says:

    Creating an inclusive work environment is the best way to ensure both accessibility and productivity are fully realized in our dynamic business world. No two persons have the same problem solving processes, ideals, or passions, regardless of physical or mental ability. An inclusive environment accommodates workers of various ability levels, in turn providing a diverse assortment of individual talents and strengths that can be utilized to develop new ideas.

  86. An inclusive environment is imperative to a successful workplace. I learned that firsthand. Nevertheless, it is a work in progress, and very commendable.

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  92. Very interesting questions. Hmmm.. That made me think a little bit. Thanks for sharing.

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  97. I think all the heads of these companies should be asked to improve the work environment

  98. This is great information for my bussiness, and for all companies in the world, being more considerate with people who cant do some kind of work. What a good article.

  99. “I think that we can all agree, no matter who you are or where you are from, that work is about dignity and respect”

    This is so true.

  100. It is a very Informative article. Creating a comprehensive work environment is the greatest method to ensure both accessibility and productivity are fully realized in our dynamic world of business. A complete environment accommodates workers of numerous ability levels, consequently providing an easy assortment of individual talents and strengths that may be utilized to develop new ideas.

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  103. Aron says:

    It’s a noble step by ‘Add US In’ to help the special community from the society. Actually, these people are ignored and also hated sometimes by others. So, figuring out their problems and establishing them in the society via small business is just a praise worthy project. Wishing all the Best.

    King Regards,
    Aron

  104. Steve says:

    Very well written article. I enjoyed reading that as well as other articles on this site. Very informative. Maybe some day, people with disabilities will be looked upon for what they can do, not what they can’t do.

  105. Muy interesante y a la vez informativo. Espero que publiques más como este.

  106. Everyone has something to contribute to society. I think that the above mentioned actions speaks volumes about how great and inclusive our country is. I am a minority, so i understand the frustrations of sometimes feeling unequal. Good Stuff!

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  108. Jose Green says:

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  109. istanbul says:

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  110. HMA VPN says:

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  113. This is very knowledgeable and informative post helpful for the people to think about his performances and check the future policy of the people.This one is helpful to understand the cultural and value of the system of education.

  114. very good, great articles i like

  115. This is a great effort to promote the abilities of the disabled person.This one is the best way of helping them by providing them the opportunity of jobs.One thing which i felt that in all over the world the disabled person are seeing in misery this source will provide confidence in them.

  116. Wasserfilter says:

    my personal experience while working with those ppl is they are more focused and willing to learn, so I think the problem is not the disability, it’s the employers mindset

  117. I find it very positive in my opinion these initiatives with the disabled population is the best way to ayudareles, excellent contribution to those who helped with this cause.

  118. All human relationships must be shaped after dignity and respect, I agree with you 100%

  119. Great article and i think its important to get people with disabilities back in the workforce, in my experieince they are generally more focused, love learning and being part of something and employers and employees mindset towards hiring someone with a disability is what really needs to change. Thanks

  120. nirmal says:

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  121. nirmal says:

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  122. employment discrimination is rampant here in my Country since a huge number of college students graduated every year. Companies have a number to choose, in addition to age discrimination. I myself is not exempted on this. I always end up in the statement, “we will just call you” after all I pass all the exams. anyways this did not hinder me, I look for other option, luckily thanks to technology that there are now freelance jobs, so though I don’t know the task that was posted in the freelance agency such as odesk, I bid for the project and study the task that the employer need. thank God I was given good employers that till now, I was still working on them.

  123. of course human has faced multiple challenges in becoming successfully employed, as many people with disabilities . so i should be that learn new things and has face any challenges

  124. Wing Tsun says:

    Good information, thanks for sharing

  125. I find excellent the idea that the excluded population has an equal opportunity for anyone to have an active working life

  126. I could see this being a huge benefit to the workforce. Disabled people have plenty to offer the work force and just need a way to get introduced.

  127. Fantastic little article here. You’ve really put some good and useful information down.

  128. This year ODEP is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

  129. Excellent blog post, I look forward to reading more.

  130. Tulungagung says:

    The Abilities Fund has a number of programs and services available to entrepreneurs, many that are open to any individual in the US with a disability. sewing is one job that can be done by disabled workers

  131. A good workplace should be the place where people can work in harmony.

    It will be like a cage if we are forced to work in a place that just reeks with hostility.

  132. alex says:

    This is very knowledge base and informative Article helpful for the people to think about his performances and check the future policies of the people.I agree this concept and will let others know so that they can post as well.

  133. Let’s see if together we can help disabled people to lead a better quality of life.
    Mariana.

  134. Jeff says:

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  135. Bookmarked this! Couldn’t have said it better myself. Diversity is important. Will check back to see what other collegues think.

  136. Well, if material, be able to help people. I have a family and their feelings and tells me many times and feel very very helpless in everyday life. And I say that with only 4 or 5 changes would increase very much your quality of life.

  137. My wife works with disabled children in a school. I listen to the things she tells me when she comes home from work about how good it makes her feel to know that she is helping a disabled child learn and to hopefully someday help them towards a career. These people have a life to live as well lets all help them to live it as free and enjoyable as we are today.

  138. Like what they said, this post really amazing. Therefore, I will keep visiting this blog for further updates.

  139. Very nice site and article. Amazing one, i appreciate this work…. This is a wonderful post

  140. Leo Isaac says:

    I have always thought of myself as a tolerant, understanding and non-discriminating person who tries to understand the difficulties and prejudices faced by people with a disability. However, I notice my own unease in forming friendships with people with a disability. I know how I should behave and I want to behave in this way, but my insular character makes it very difficult.

  141. Pankaj says:

    We also Operate a school for Disabled Children’s we usually refer them god’s Special One’s

  142. Me parece una buena idea que todas las personas puedan optar a un puesto de trabajo, un saludo. Rocio.

  143. Explow says:

    Non discrimination and similar treatment of people with a disability is going to take this country to new levels. If ever we try to empathize with them and see the world as they do with discrimination and prejudice, we will stop treating them differently.

  144. If a person has a disability it has got nothing to do with his working abilities, I dont agree when people say that they can’t work like normal people.They can.they can do it better, sometimes!

  145. Cancer Care says:

    Saved. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Diversity is important. Will check back to see what other collegues think.

  146. Forex says:

    This is such an excellent article. I will reference this page on my blog. Regards.

  147. I like the sound of more inclusion in the workplace. It makes total sense. You have more diversity and so greater talent. Good creative contribution on the topic.

  148. Very good content of your site …

  149. We should help people with disabilities so that they they had a better quality of life

  150. Sally Marsh says:

    This event to increase employment opportunities for people should be commended

  151. this is really a useful information.. thanks for sharing with us.. i have just bookmarked this site and also share it with my facebook friends..

  152. Peter H. says:

    Diversity is important since it helps innovation by having different points of view to solve a problem with. Without it America would have never done as well as it has.

  153. I applaud the efforts at helping those with disabilities find and gain employment opportunities, but how do you balance this with the over all availability of work or lack thereof? Shouldn’t more effort be placed upon creating enough jobs for everyone instead of a single minority?

  154. Me parece una buena idea que todas las personas puedan optar a un puesto de trabajo, un saludo. Rocio.

  155. shaan says:

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  156. Charles Sammon says:

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  157. Non discrimination and similar treatment of people with a disability is going to take this country to new levels. If ever we try to empathize with them and see the world as they do with discrimination and prejudice, we will stop treating them differently
    This event to increase employment opportunities for people should be commended

  158. Your article is very interesting, I really enjoyed reading it.

  159. I think the most important thing to do is find out how people with specific disabilities can be utilized in the workforce without hindering others. I think it’s great that we are trying to employ those that are less fortunate but I don’t think it’s ok to employ someone over someone else if the person who didn’t get hired is better suited for the job no matter what the situation. So really the key here is to find jobs where a person’s disability does not hinder their performance.

  160. jaffa says:

    Great blog.

  161. johnmichaels says:

    I believe when it comes to work, it should be it’s making the job done not the way you physically looks when doing the job.

  162. even the less fortunate people have the right to be integrated into society and the world of work.! are always people!

  163. diätplan says:

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  164. gina says:

    I really like your article,
    As a social human we have to help each other

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  165. I’ve got a little son with a disability and I hope he’ll find a good job in the future. Thank you for all the work done.

  166. Hello:
    It’s very sad when you said “unable to find sustainable employment opportunities”
    Let’s see if together we can help disabled people to lead a better quality of life.
    All the best,
    Tatiana

  167. Wayne Hoaten says:

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    indeed we must help and find a way for the less fortunate to get a better way of life…

    I’ll bookmark this and see what others might have to say..

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  170. Luis says:

    Is encouraging to see a disabled person fully succeed in life and the government should create all the facilities to help these people. Kathy Congratulations for your excellent work and your personal triumph

  171. Seria says:

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  172. Brad says:

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  173. prosfores says:

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  174. JaneMorgan says:

    This article has many exclusive points about Shaping a More Inclusive Workplace that can be helpful for business owners.

  175. Sohel Ahmed says:

    Non discrimination and similar treatment of people with a disability is going to take this country to new levels. If ever we try to empathize with them and see the world as they do with discrimination and prejudice, we will stop treating them differently
    This event to increase employment opportunities for people should be commended

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  177. Kred says:

    Concerning question no.4: I think that fundamental approach that must be followed is to fully integrate children with disabilities into normal schools and colleges during the whole education process. This at least will eliminate certain type of prejudice in people that in future will become employers.

  178. jaket kulit says:

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  179. alex says:

    How about National Diversity Forum ?

  180. Siverek says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  181. Mike says:

    There is so much discrimination in the workplace and a real lack of opportunities for those with disabilities. It’s high time the barriers were broken down to give equal opportunities for all!

  182. Tony says:

    I think the most important thing to do is find out how people with specific disabilities can be utilized in the workforce without hindering others. I think it’s great that we are trying to employ those that are less fortunate but I don’t think it’s ok to employ someone over someone else if the person who didn’t get hired is better suited for the job no matter what the situation. So really the key here is to find jobs where a person’s disability does not hinder their performance.

  183. don says:

    I really think this really a great subject, but very difficult for small business to incorporate as they dont have the HR resources and understanding of labor laws, etc….the good news is that technology is helping to bridge some of the gaps, but it really is all about awareness.

  184. Adam says:

    I bet larger businesses have a bigger opportunity to appeal to disabled employees since smaller businesses may be more volatile.

  185. Michael says:

    Children with disabilities can actually be trained to function like normal children. We just need to be patient and continue to train them so that ultimately they will be independent, although there are certain things that they can not do.

  186. Lelaki Kacak says:

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  188. We need to work to live. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. Everyone has the right and duty to work and people with disabilities must have equal opportunities to everyone. Even today, with the global economic crisis, we all have to adapt to the circumstances in which we live.

  189. Success is measure on the hard work and patience we put in every action, undertakings and job.

  190. Superb posting ! I have bookmarked it ! keep writing !

  191. jhon says:

    people with disability can work efficiently they can do it better, sometimes! than normal people

  192. Tudor Davies says:

    I think that certain stereotypes are still in the air, as the disabled up until recently didn’t have the support and recognition that they needed, i.e. attitudes and treatment in the 1970’s. Once this image of the disabled dies out (perhaps through education and legislation) people should start to reconsider the actual abilities of a disabled person, and whether these make them functional in the workplace. This has already started to happen but there’s still some way to go.

  193. abc says:

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  194. Aspergers says:

    To hire a person with disability, may be a strange decision for everyone as well as me, but type of disability and type of work matters in hiring process. A work which demands physical perfection, is hard to do by that person who have physical disability. Sometimes, a disability may be cause of major accident. I am not against to hire disable person but they should be fit for that work profile.

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  197. rumah minimalis says:

    No one perfect, or everyone is disability -we all the same.. need the same workspace, same chance in this life.

  198. social networking says:

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  199. Alex says:

    A more inclusive work space benefits everyone.

  200. HR Training Expert says:

    Workplace diversity and inclusion is one of the most important issues in the contemporary workplace. By alerting your employees to potentially difficult situations through training, they’ll avoid harassing and disrespectful behaviors, creating a healthy environment for everyone, with no costly lawsuits.

  201. Webdesign Antwerpen says:

    Indeed disability has nothing to do with working abilities. They can do some jobs even better, they can focus better and are sometimes more motivated dan other people. Its sometimes just a matter of patience.
    This is really a nice post.

  202. Sell a Business says:

    Well.. according to me disability can’t play any role in several cases. A disable person can perform better and maintain quality of work as well. In today’s working environment instead of working hard people prefer smart work to get best results.

  203. Wade says:

    Someone that has a disability may not be able to perform the same duties on a job that it may require. Is the employer at fault for this? I work in a coal mines, and definitely wouldn’t care if someone wanted a job that was permenately disabled, or in a wheelchair for example, but they could not perform duties underground that other miners could. Should the company open a spot for them on the outside on a desk job? Or would that be discriminating against the other workers that have worked there 20 years? It is a touchy subject when you really delve into it.

  204. clara says:

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  206. Betty Rhodes says:

    Hi Kathy,

    The questions for the plenary discussion are all well thought out that really requires great thinking in return. Though I am no expert on this, I’ll try to share some of my insights on some of your questions.

    “What do small businesses need to increase the number of people with disabilities within their ranks of employees?”
    As I see it, as long as people with disabilities can perform well, small businesses will not be limiting the ranks of their employees. I mean, should not be limiting.

    “How can the benefits of diversity (including disability) hiring be better promoted?”
    Maybe give less tax for those businesses? HAHA! How else can we give incentive to those companies?

    “How do you suggest coordination between education and employment systems be increased to ensure greater employment for youth with disabilities?”
    Maybe the government can make an automatic company to accommodate all the graduates of a school with students with disabilities? Or an agency at least who can source out the graduates with disabilities?

  207. Sally says:

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  210. Cross Deck says:

    Its very hard for small businesses when considering employing a disabled member of staff and it can depend quite heavily on their disability. If you are doing a job which involves a lot of travel and movement on the job then hiring someone with a physical disability could cause problems. And if you are a small business then security is a big concern, you need to be able to rely on your staff

  211. Gary says:

    Financial assistance from government should be made available for small businesses so they are able to offer the same level of disabled workplaces as large businesses, which will naturally have more situations and resources available for equal employment opportunties.

  212. John says:

    Being a disabled myself, I must say thoughts like these, will definitely help us give a chance to live a normal happy life.

  213. dan says:

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  214. metrica says:

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  215. Joseph says:

    I appreciate that a ‘job’ can convey status and respect for many people. However, at a time when ‘jobs for life’ really is a thing of the past, perhaps it is more appropriate today to make use of all the flexible ways and opportunities that are available for working and creating an income. For example, working from home, using the internet, being self-employed, creating multiple income streams, providing a service or solving someone’s problem – is this is the modern way forward for self-motivated people including people with disabilities?

  216. Selena says:

    Surely, a disability can make certain tasks difficult, but there are SO many jobs where it doesn’t matter one bit. There needs to be some outreach or program so that employers may actually seek out disabled candidates when a position is available.

  217. funnyguy says:

    Using teambuilding and opening the lines of communication to include everyone is very important. Then you can improvise based on what is given by other team members.

  218. Thanks for the valuable information that you shared with us.

  219. Perhaps the company gets a tax break for creating programs to hire? Although, I would like to take the route of helping these disabled learn how to create a business and be employers themselves. Perhaps exposing them to new education to aid with their particular situation that will help steer them in a job that will fit perfectly?

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  227. David says:

    I’m super interested in this one … “How do you think workforce systems and employment policies can be made more responsive to communities that are culturally and linguistically diverse? ”

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  228. Patrick says:

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    Looking forward for more articles from Kathleen :)

  229. Web Designs Bangalore says:

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  230. Seth Brown says:

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  231. Bangalore Cab service says:

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  232. Tony says:

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  233. sukhbir says:

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  236. Electrical Stores UK says:

    Increasing employment opportunities for the disabled is a great goal. I think the key variable between large and small business opportunities for the disabled is, unfortunately, cost to the employer.

    Having a workplace adapted (although not necessary in all cases) can be costly and when balanced with the cost of employing without workplace changes, small businesses do not see it in the long-term interests of the business.

    Without a shadow of a doubt it should not be this way but I’m sure it is only on balance to cost for the employer.

  237. James Aero says:

    Its very hard for small businesses when considering employing a disabled member of staff and it can depend quite heavily on their disability. If you are doing a job which involves a lot of travel and movement on the job then hiring someone with a physical disability could cause problems. And if you are a small business then security is a big concern, you need to be able to rely on your staff

  238. jobs says:

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  239. jobs says:

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  242. performance reviews says:

    disability isnt a hindrance to do a job unless the job , of course is something that need a fit person . as long as one can do a job well done then there nothing to worry . here in my country, its not easy to get a job if you have disability . anyways, this is a very informative post you have . tnx !

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  244. web master says:

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  245. Mas Harun says:

    I work in a coal mines, and definitely wouldn’t care if someone wanted a job that was permenately disabled, or in a wheelchair for example, but they could not perform duties underground that other miners could

  246. ebusinessreviews says:

    I agree our work place should be about dignity and respect and am happy you’ve highligted the six questions on Plenary Dialogue. Thanks Kathy Martinez i like your insight.

  247. alexs@upfromnothing.com says:

    I for one commend any efforts at making workplaces more accommodating for all Americans. We as a society have to come to terms with our beliefs and notions regarding the capabilities or abilities of Americans with disabilities. One of the most powerful examples that I have seen in my life, is that of a fellow educator who happened to be wheelchair bound. His tenacity and eternal sense of hope was something that few of us could ever hope to emulate. Unfortunately, I was also there to witness moments that were less than ideal. His not being able to travel from one place to another due to inadequate access points, or faulty ADA compliant equipment. We have a long way to go still, but its definitely a step in the right direction.

  248. Robirul Islam says:

    I think that we can all agree, no matter who you are or where you are from, that work is about dignity and respect. A critical part of our National Diversity Forum is a Plenary Dialogue including questions around employment strategies for people with disabilities, business hiring practices, resource coordination and sharing, and understanding the role of community supports

  249. Electrician Salary says:

    I understand where you are coming from but in my industry it is difficult to include people with disabilities in your environment due to the physical demands. For working in the field it would be next to impossible but your the office staff it would not be difficult.

  250. mr Thuan says:

    Great post ! I enjoy reading . Thanks for sharing with us .

  251. Jade says:

    Thank you for sharing. As someone with a disability myself i can see both sides of the story. I think that we all agree, no matter where you are from or who you are, who you are related to, that a great workplace is about respect and feeling valued.

  252. Madison Thomas says:

    Good questions in this article. Why have anyone feel left out or actually literally, be left out. We have a moral obligation not to leave anyone out. Kathy,I’m assuming you are doing well now. I felt bad reading that you had challenges getting a job. Great article.

  253. kien says:

    Good questions in this article! I enjoy reading and thinking. Thanks for sharing with us

  254. Dave Smith says:

    As someone who works closely with many people with disabilities I know that this is still an issue that needs attention. Great article – very relevant even 2 years later!

  255. NC Beach says:

    The topic of disability hiring is not an easy one. Thanks for the thoughtful post!

  256. Jay Victor says:

    All very good questions in this article. I agree with the statement above “I think that we can all agree, no matter who you are or where you are from, that work is about dignity and respect. ” Thanks

  257. Juan carlos-925 says:

    If you would be perfect for companies to hire more people with disabilities, but I think the key is if they are subsidized.

  258. Alan says:

    I think hiring people with disabilities is extremely important. It needs to be regulated firmly, just like discriminatory hiring practices that are based on sex, race, or religion. The bottom line is if a person is qualified for the job, it shouldn’t matter if they are disabled.

  259. Justin says:

    Good for people with disabilities. Very nice innovative step taken by US government for the employment of people with disabilities.

  260. Get Skills says:

    Perfect innovative step taken by US government for the employment of people with disabilities.

  261. Shumaila Kamal says:

    Dear, KATHY MARTINEZ , You write well. But i see that you have not mention the Educators Jobs at your blog? Are you not interested in it? Plz reply me must. Thanks

  262. Tablet PC Shop says:

    A diverse workforce with a range of different backgrounds and perspectives gives organisations a broader range of ideas and insights to draw on in decision making and policy development. Diversity therefore makes good business sense. Managing workplace diversity successfully can be an important factor in helping agencies to realise the full potential of their employees and hence achieve their business goals

  263. Yakinican says:

    For people with disabilities is not a thing shunned by everyone. Not a few people with disabilities have a lot of expertise. Therefore, the use for people with disabilities to be employed in their field. They also have sensitive feelings like us. Keep nurturing among humans.

  264. Jani says:

    Good writing. I think hiring people with disabilities is a very good thing.

  265. Multinivel says:

    I think we all have rights to opportunities.

  266. Web Design Leicester says:

    It is vitally important that all sections of the community are gaining employment, bringing all walks of life together to work and socialise can only be a good thing to do

  267. Careerbark says:

    Add Us In is a great and much needed program which also helps boost the spirits of people with disabilities by proving that they’re just as important to our society as everyone else. I recently finished a long term construction project at the VA hospital and after talking with some of our disabled veterans, I come to realize that many of them are depressed because they want to be part of the workforce. Yes, they receive benefits but sometimes it’s not all about the money. I’m a full supporter of the Add Us In program, thanks for the article.

  268. Karen says:

    Taking the cue from Alexs’s comment I would like to mention that one of the most brilliant mind of our times is wheelchair bound and can barely speak, Stephen Hawking. If we cannot learn from them, the loss is entirely ours.

  269. Richard Barrett says:

    Those are very hard hitting questions. It is so true that it is incredibly hard for a person with disabilities to get a job. The beginning to a new forum is exciting business.

  270. ayoub says:

    For people with disabilities is not a thing shunned by everyone. Not a few people with disabilities have a lot of expertise. Therefore, the use for people with disabilities to be employed in their field. They also have sensitive feelings like us. Keep nurturing among humans.

  271. Dave Turner says:

    Everybody wants to feel a part of the community and everyone deserves a chance to take part in society!

  272. jeams mark says:

    very good article and really feedback is become a major role to measure all services
    and its very good to see that feedback at government services

  273. tv5 play says:

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  274. Mike T says:

    Tough for all sides to find a solution to this, good to see work being done it on it though.

  275. Whitey says:

    The more people that discuss these issues the better off we will all be. More attention = More Action. Great article thank you!

  276. savvyitinfo says:

    I’m glad I came across this article. Fantastic read. I’m glad certain things are being done to make the workplace better for all kinds of people.

  277. danny says:

    I really wanted to say, no matter where are you from and who you are, what makes a place, a better place to work is respect. I believe this is an important factor in a work palce

  278. PurpleHeart-Donations.com says:

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  279. Vince Astali says:

    I agree with Danny – the only thing that makes a workplace tolerable is the respect each person gives each other, especially when disabilities are concerned. I’ve worked at a few places where “private laughs” were not appreciated.

  280. Winsten Seah says:

    A disability should never be discriminated and everyone should be given a fair employment opportunity based upon their ability to perform. I hope that employers will help more disabled people by giving them a chance to prove themselves in the workplace. Disabled do not equal unabled.

  281. Peter Tenerife says:

    I think everyone deserves respect and dignity regardless of condition either physically or mentally. Sadly, we live in a world where some are still looked upon as second class and until we can all agree that we are equal, the status quo will never change.

  282. Smilodent says:

    I think more people should be aware of the hidden disabilites, those that aren’t as easily spotted.

  283. I have just recently left my place of work as it was just not a good place to be.

  284. I’m agree with you Peter Tenerife. We have to learn to be tolerant.

  285. The beauty of today’s ever changing landscape of employment opportunities creates a situation where people can work from a remote location, if the standard office isn’t equipped.

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  287. nhaban says:

    I think more people should be aware of the hidden disabilites, those that aren’t as easily spotted.

  288. oh it a good article, I’m agree with you Peter Tenerife. We have to learn to be tolerant. thanks

  289. Plenty of people with disabilities have amazing expertise in a variety of fields. We need to open our minds and us people with disabilities to be employed in their field.

  290. I think the key elements of disability really differ between large and small businesses, bhe smaller ones can´t always effort this type of worker. It´s sad but this is the truth…

  291. Cari Kerja says:

    I think everyone deserves respect and dignity regardless of condition either physically or mentally. Sadly, we live in a world where some are still looked upon as second class and until we can all agree that we are equal, the status quo will never change.

  292. A disability should never be discriminated and everyone should be given a fair employment opportunity based upon their ability to perform. I hope that employers will help more disabled people by giving them a chance to prove themselves in the workplace. Disabled do not equal unabled.

  293. ektyposeis fylladion says:

    I worked in printing and business. Management has hired two people with disabilities. I think it’s the most efficient workers. It’s incredible. Many times I feel small against them.

  294. free b2b marketplace says:

    I think more people should be aware of the hidden disabilites, those that aren’t as easily spotted.

  295. David says:

    The event to increase employment opportunities for people must be commended.

  296. Josh Walker says:

    This is a fantastic initiative! I know there’s still a long, long way to go till the disabled community has the same educational and work opportunities as the able-bodied, but I’m encouraged whenever I hear of initiatives like this.

  297. I for one commend any efforts at making workplaces more accommodating for all Americans. We as a society have to come to terms with our beliefs and notions regarding the capabilities or abilities of Americans with disabilities. One of the most powerful examples that I have seen in my life, is that of a fellow educator who happened to be wheelchair bound. His tenacity and eternal sense of hope was something that few of us could ever hope to emulate. Unfortunately, I was also there to witness moments that were less than ideal. His not being able to travel from one place to another due to inadequate access points, or faulty ADA compliant equipment. We have a long way to go still, but its definitely a step in the right direction.

  298. i think the advent of virtual teams provides a level set for equality. people with disabilities now have equal access to remote work opportunities.

  299. Hayley Clare says:

    Remote working is a godsend for those who need it. It also allows employers to choose people who are perfectly capable, but otherwise could not make it into the workplace.

  300. Michael Clough says:

    Remote working is the way of the future and I think this will increase massively in years to come, just think about some of the major benefits to the environment, workers can stay home and not have to use private or public transport saving valuable fuel and not polluting our air, Another factor is we would need less offices in the cities saving valuable resources.

    Michael

  301. Matt says:

    I think it still has a long way to go. In our side, we can see that people with disabilities everywhere their outstanding work. But we can not deny that there is a lot of work still has limitations. Courageous first step , I believe in the future , everything can become easy.

  302. Gokhan says:

    Disabled people are generally a good role model for all workers. Makes the believe that any kind of trouble can be overcome by working hard.

  303. Duncan - Vetter says:

    I think tech companies (such as where I work have to take a certain amount of responsibility about designing products that are more inclusive.

  304. Amin says:

    Great articles thanks for sharing. I think hiring people with disabilities is a very good thing.

  305. I think the toughest topic brought up is the lingual barrier workers. There are many jobs that really need to have proper English speaking workers to do the job. What are the real options?

  306. aacopiadoras says:

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  308. Shannon says:

    I think diversity in any organization is extremely important. Disabled people generally have a stronger will power which benefits all. Even in my organization we have disabled people working along with us. As a matter of fact they are not any different from any of us. Moreover, they are better than most of the others. We need to sensitize our society more.

  309. Andrew says:

    Working toward a more inclusive workplace is a great goal, and one that is worth fighting for. Laws are definitely out there that do their best to provide for those with disabilities, and ensure that employers use fair hiring practices, especially in regard to those with disabilities. While employers shouldn’t hire someone that isn’t able to do the job, many people face disabilities but are still able to be excellent contributors full-time for employers, and employers should be very careful to evaluate every potential hire equally.

  310. majidchan says:

    thANK YOU… I think the toughest topic brought up is the lingual barrier workers.

  311. Xavier Major says:

    Remote working is going to be huge in the coming years. I think this should be more prevalent in the workplace not only is it allowing people to enjoy more time at home, it also makes a huge impact on the environment. It will only be a matter of time before everything will be done remotely.

  312. wow its really a motivational post. Thank you

  313. Gordon White says:

    Thank you for this article. All employees should be treated fairly, able or disabled, if managers expect production to increase. Once again, thank you for sharing!!

  314. iteamstudio says:

    thANK YOU… I think the toughest topic brought up is the lingual barrier workers.

  315. One unspoken problem with some companies hiring “disabled” people has to do with lawyers. Any company that hires people with certain types of disabilities can place themselves at legal risk. The government needs to address litigation problems and risks for small business owners.

  316. Jade Cebrese says:

    I find it interesting that this article pushes only the concept of hiring disabled people. Why is there no encouragement for disabled people to be entrepreneurs? America was founded on personal initiative and self determination. To me, this article seems to have an underlying message that disabled people have to be helped by others in order to succeed. Personally I encourage anyone to explore the full pursuit of the American dream – it’s yours if you’re willing to work hard.

  317. Looking forward for this one… people with disabilities will be benefited most as equal equal access for remote work opportunities.

  318. BethNorrisDesigns says:

    Agreed as written in your article “no matter who you are or where you are from, that work is about dignity and respect”. Everyone deserves dignity and respect and glad you have a position you enjoy. The myriad of experiences help make us unique and if we allow it can grow us and bring creativity to our jobs and workplaces. As a self employed Interior Designer disability access is an important factor to the designs that are created. they must be just as functional as they are beautiful, like each person in their own way. Thanks for sharing your heart.

  319. Everyone deserves dignity and respect and glad you have a position you enjoy

  320. Mr Long says:

    One unspoken problem with some companies hiring “disabled” people has to do with lawyers. Any company that hires people with certain types of disabilities can place themselves at legal risk.

  321. I find it interesting that this article pushes only the concept of hiring disabled people. Why is there no encouragement for disabled people to be entrepreneurs? America was founded on personal initiative and self determination.

  322. Harry says:

    I remember reading a report in 2011 that showed alarming racial and ethnic disparities still in the US. Of particular concern was the difference of longevity of different racial groups, with a significant inequality of living standards and lifespan between white and black. I would suggest that data be compared with other disparities in education, employment, public spending in each county, and population density. It would also be interesting to compare life expectancy of urban populations vs rural populations etc. I fear that much racial inequality is not due to discrimination, but due to systemic problems in the way racial groups are still left geographically and socially as a result of past generations being discriminated against and pressured. There are stories of individuals whose opportunities are physically constrained by their location and their unfortunate background. Past discrimination leaves a strong structural footprint in society itself, even in 2014 when people imagine the effects of such injustice are gone.

  323. Thank you very much, this post was very inspirational. I can’t thank you enough

  324. Hello, just thought I would add my comment here as well.. “I faced multiple challenges in becoming successfully employed, as many people with disabilities do. ” with this comment it made me remember a good friend who I worked with for some time, who when applying for a job as a website designer, he was always knocked back because of his disabilities… not fair at all…

  325. Design Build says:

    Thanks a lot for the post, now people with disabilities have equal access to remote work opportunities. Everyone should be treated fairly, able or disabled, if managers expect production to increase. Once again, thanks a lot !!

  326. Design Build says:

    Thanks a lot for the post, now people with disabilities have equal access to remote work opportunities.Everyone should be treated as fairly, able or disabled, if managers expect production to increase. Once again, thanks a lot !!

  327. One unspoken problem with some companies hiring “disabled” people has to do with lawyers. Any company that hires people with certain types of disabilities can place themselves at legal risk. The government needs to address litigation problems.. [link removed]

  328. yacon syrup says:

    In reality, disabled people are treated as a limited option. That’s why most of them are lacking self-confidence. But the truth is many of them can actually do better than the able ones. I think the key here is to help them build their self-confidence and let them prove themselves.

    Thanks for this wonderful post.

  329. TuWeBB says:

    Excellent motivational post. People need something like this.
    Thank you!

  330. edson says:

    all have the same rights we must accept disabled people in different positions. Thus there would be a world with more social inculison.

  331. Sandy says:

    Remote working is a godsend for those who need it. It also allows employers to choose people who are perfectly capable, but otherwise could not make it into the workplace.

  332. Cathy says:

    I think it still has a long way to go. In our side, we can see that people with disabilities everywhere their outstanding work

  333. harga ac says:

    agree with u..disabilities should have equality in their work.maybe disablities peple worked more harder and have more quality than normal people do..just give them a chance!

  334. alex says:

    Great articles thanks for sharing

  335. One unspoken problem with some companies hiring “disabled” people has to do with lawyers. Any company that hires people with certain types of disabilities can place themselves at legal risk.

  336. I think the toughest topic brought up is the lingual barrier workers. There are many jobs that really need to have proper English speaking workers to do the job. What are the real options?

  337. Yes, “no matter who you are or where you are from, that work is about dignity and respect.” agree!

  338. Fitness says:

    Thaks for the article, i like this blog.

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  340. Sandy says:

    Everyone deserves dignity and respect and glad you have a position you enjoy. Great post thanks for sharing :)

  341. Adnan says:

    work is about dignity and respect, and also money i think :D

  342. Red Clark says:

    Great article. thanks for sharing.

  343. Ramanujam says:

    The most welcoming initiative to be taken by all the nation. This will motivate the physically challenged people. Thanks for the nice article.

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