Disabilities

Building a Workforce That Reflects the People We Serve

Filed in Disabilities by on February 23, 2015 0 Comments
Building a Workforce That Reflects the People We Serve

The following guest post is authored by Katherine Archuleta, director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and was originally featured on the disability.gov blog.  Four years ago, President Barack Obama signed an executive order stressing the importance of hiring people with disabilities in the federal government. He set a goal of hiring 100,000 people with […]

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Looking Forward, Looking Back

Filed in Disabilities, DOL by on February 20, 2015 0 Comments
Looking Forward, Looking Back

There are some days you’ll never forget, and for me, today is one of them. It’s my last day as assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, and, as expected, I’m experiencing mixed emotions. While excited about my next adventure, I’m sad to leave my talented and dedicated colleagues and friends at the department. Since […]

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The Interview that Changed My Life Forever

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs by on February 19, 2015 0 Comments
The Interview that Changed My Life Forever

On a crisp fall day in 2011, I donned my best professional outfit, harnessed up my guide dog Railey, and headed off for another day of college classes. I had a special appointment between management economics and business finance classes. The campus Disability Support Services office, a designated Workforce Recruitment Program site, had a federal […]

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The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

Filed in Disabilities, Education by on January 29, 2015 3 Comments
The Family Connection: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities

The author Alex Haley once wrote that family is a “bridge to our future.” And thinking about my own transition to adulthood, I couldn’t agree more. During my elementary and high school years, my parents were definitely along for the ride. They didn’t attend class with me, of course, but they played an active and engaged […]

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Resolving to Expect the Best

Filed in Disabilities by on January 16, 2015 0 Comments
Resolving to Expect the Best

For so many of us, January is a time to reflect on what has passed and set goals for the year ahead. Of course, those proverbial New Year’s resolutions can often be cliché—not to mention difficult to stick to—but they’re a helpful way to frame my priorities for the months to come. It recently struck […]

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A Year of Action and Progress

A Year of Action and Progress

The Labor Department’s 102nd year — my first full one as Secretary — has been one of action and progress.  We have worked every day to ensure that a growing economy benefits everyone. That starts with ensuring we continue on the road to economic recovery – and we made great progress along that road in […]

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Charting a Pathway to a Technology-Accessible Workplace

Filed in Disabilities by on December 20, 2014 0 Comments
Charting a Pathway to a Technology-Accessible Workplace

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on the disability.gov blog. View the original here. Someone recently asked me to name the one thing I couldn’t live without at work. My answer? Technology. I couldn’t do my job – or live my life – as effectively as I do now without information and communication technology (ICT). Considering that […]

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How Accessible is Applying for a Job? Please Share Your Experience

Filed in Disabilities, Jobs by on December 11, 2014 3 Comments
How Accessible is Applying for a Job? Please Share Your Experience

Job-hunting isn’t what it used to be! Back when I started out in the workforce, looking for a job meant picking up the phone to ask about job openings, and mailing (yes, snail mailing, with a stamp) paper copies of my resume and cover letter. But times have certainly changed. Today, everything seems to be […]

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Leading the Way: Workplace Inclusiveness for People of All Abilities

Filed in Disabilities by on December 10, 2014 0 Comments
Leading the Way: Workplace Inclusiveness for People of All Abilities

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. View the original here.  As we mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities last week, we’re at an historic crossroads when it comes to employment and inclusiveness for people of differing abilities. We believe we’ve reached the “tipping point,” on raising awareness around these critical workplace […]

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Let’s Get to Work!

Filed in Disabilities, Workforce Development, Workplace Rights by on December 1, 2014
Let’s Get to Work!

In October, I attended the annual U.S. Conference on AIDS, the largest HIV/AIDS-related gathering in the nation. Now in its eighteenth year, the goal of this conference has remained steadfast since the start: to increase and strengthen the diversity of the nation’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic through education, training and collaboration. What has evolved […]

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