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I’ve spoken a lot about PepsiCo and its EnAble employee network for people with different abilities. Under direction from CEO Indra Nooyi, the consumer food and beverage company is out to deliver shareholder growth through its Performance with Purpose principles. The goal is to “improve all aspects of the world in which [Pepsi] operates – environmental, societal and economical – to make the world a better place.” Attracting and retaining the best talent is among those goals, as is creating a more sustainable environment and healthier snacks. Other corporations see EnAble as a vibrant, respected employee network. Recently they’ve been using the program to reach consumers and the marketplace, says Ron Parker, SVP, Global Diversity and Inclusion at PepsiCo, speaking at the U.S. Business Leadership Network conference in Chicago. I think this is a really smart idea, as employee networks have the power to touch many more people, such as parents, caregivers ... keep reading »
Two years ago the government began collecting data on disabilities and employment as part of the U.S. Census. The information collected helped the Labor Department to create the first-ever report on the employment landscape for the 27 million working-age Americans with disabilities. Not surprisingly, the outlook is bleak, as reported in today’s Wall Street Journal. Most of us are pretty familiar with the numbers. In 2009, the average unemployment rate for disabled workers was 14.5%, vs. 9 % for those without disabilities. The study shows that people with disabilities are much more likely to be older, or work only part-time, than people without disabilities. (Read the full release here). The Labor Department’s report mirrors the 2010 Kessler Foundation and National Organization on Disability Survey on Americans with Disabilities that was released in July and timed to the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the civil rights law that is designed ... keep reading »
A group of disability organizations has launched the Campaign for Disability Employment to promote the hiring of people with disabilities. Actor Robert David Hall, who plays a coroner on C.S.I. and is a paraplegic, kicked off the campaign with a keynote speech at the U.S. Business Leadership Network conference in Washington, D.C. “I’m an actor, and while there are more sensible pursuits, it is our shared experience as people with disabilities that must and can bring us together.” Hall says. All people with disabilities want to work, “but assumptions can be killers” that inhibit this group from getting jobs, he says. The campaign centers around the theme “What can You do?” and seeks to reinforce that all people with disabilities want to work and that their talents will have a positive impact on businesses. Even so, in the weakened economy, people with disabilities are more likely to take a hit. ... keep reading »
At the U.S. Business Leadership Network conference in Washington, D.C., speakers on Wednesday included the White House’s Kareem Dale, the Dept. of Labor’s Kathy Martinez and Josh Sundquist — a Paralympic skier who spun tales of humor about living life on one leg. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Josh Sundquist, Paralympics skier and inspirational speaker, was killing the crowds at Job Accommodation Network’s 25th anniversary reception, which is the end to today’s USBLN conference. He had the audience in splits as he told about how he decided to try out for a traveling soccer team at age 9 because he admired their uniforms. His leg later was amputated after chemotherapy treatments failed. “When I found out I had cancer, the only thing I could think of was that lime green uniform,” he says. During chemo he lost his hair, but when Sundquist, 25, arrived home from the hospital he found his brother had shaved ... keep reading »

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