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June 06, 2017

Resources: people with disabilities in the workplace

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The mission of Diverse by Design is to attract, develop and retain diverse, high-potential talent—including professionals with disabilities—and in doing so we help move Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to full inclusion.

Although workers with disabilities may require some accommodation in the form of tools and training, they can be productive contributors and key leaders affecting positive change in the workplace. As such, we are redefining the meaning and scope of disability employment.

Together, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, community, employers, and professional talent pool can pioneer and transform the perceptions of disability employment. In turn, our collective efforts strengthen Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s regional development, commerce and economic impact.

In 2016, the Chamber was selected as one of three cities nationwide to conduct a pilot program for disability inclusion in the workplace by the Advisory Council for the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion included several employer training workshops and job shadowing employer-candidate pairings to connect and create an immersive experience in hiring and training disabled workers.

The pilot program served as the launch for ongoing efforts and initiatives to create job opportunities and connections for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky professionals with disabilities and employers to participate and hire talent. Let’s build on the momentum and be trailblazers for disability employment.

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