In our experience over the past 21 years in business, we have noticed across all industries that employers have a common goal regardless of the job title, job description and profession. Employers are looking for just 3 simple things:
- Skills; the ability to perform the job or tasks.
- Reliability; show up and perform those tasks.
- Teamwork; work together, communicate and get along with others.
Yet in this low unemployment and tight job market there still remains a large population of people who could meet the employer’s need for skilled and reliable team members. You guessed it, they are individuals who experience disability.
Did you know this is also a minority group that any one of us could enter at any time? In fact, according to 2013 statistics, 19% of the U.S population, or 56 million, experience some form or another of disability. Plus, with the Baby Boomer generation aging and staying at work longer, this number will rapidly increase.
So why does the unemployment rate for people with disabilities remain so high? According to the US Department of Labor in 2016 it was more than double at 10.5% compared to 4.6% for those without disabilities. What are the barriers? Why aren’t employers tapping in to this under-utilized workforce that can provide the 3 simple things every employer wants?
Come to Amplify Rock Stars, Thursday, May 31st 8-10am at Embassy Suites by Hilton, Washington Square-Portland-Tigard and find out what several local employers and business leaders are doing to tap into this under-utilized segment of the community.
The workforce panel discussion, “Tapping Into Ability” includes:
- Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director – Lorraine Clarno
- City of Beaverton Assistant City Attorney – Jenny Marston
- Embassy Suites by Hilton, Washington Square, Portland General Manager – Scott Youngblood
- Oregon Health and Science University Diversity Talent Acquisition – Riikka Salonen
- Washington County Vocational Rehabilitation Branch Manager – Karen Burch
Each panelist will bring a different perspective to the discussion along with various programs and initiatives that they are using to tap in to the abilities of people with disabilities. It will be a discussion and celebration of their challenges and success stories you won’t want to miss!
Get involved in the cultural movement – Consider working with your local Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation office and Oregon Employment First who will connect you with agencies like Dirkse CC to provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities in your workplace. We are here to help you see the abilities in people and to look beyond the disability. We want to help reduce the myths, fears and biases that may impact your hiring and retention of this untapped workforce.
Let us help you change your perception of ability so that you too can become “Rock Stars” and amplify your workplace with inclusion for all.
We are here for you; to assist you and your business/organization with your disability diversity initiatives in 2018. Because we believe:
Disability inclusion matters
It benefits business
It benefits us all.