Best Disability Employment Practices: Creating and Implementing Changes in Education and Business
The U.S. Bureau of Census (1996) has reported that the population of persons with disabilities, between the ages of 16 and 65, has risen from 35.6 million (1980) to 49 million (1990) to 54 million (1994). Event after the implementation of the ADA, persons with disabilities continue to struggle to find practical and career-oriented positions in the workplace. Consequently, the role of the technological evolution has been a major impact on the workforce. Organizations have slowly evolved from the rigorous use of brawn to that of brain power in order to keep abreast of all the new innovations created in this century alone. There will be a need to change behaviors in organizations and to identify new opportunities for growth (Boyett & Conn, 1992). The role and influence of internal and external stakeholders with the development and implementation of best disability employment practices (BDEP) in one’s organization can help improve the hiring practices in today’s workforce. These practices are: 1) recruiting; 2) training; 3) job accommodations; 4) work experience opportunity; and 5) career advancement. The main focus of this presentation will help enable participants to determine who are the key stakeholders in their community, and who can help make changes in the recruiting and hiring practices of persons with disabilities. The presenter will help walk the participants through the process of identifying stakeholders, networking with various disability and government agencies, and establishing their own networking efforts to help persons with disabilities to obtain quality employment upon graduation. Thus, this interactive session will help participants to learn more about BDEPs and how they can work as factors in changing how we recruit and hire personnel – and to increase diversity in the workplace and education.
Keywords: Best Practices, Organizational Learning, Organizational Change, Stakeholder Theory, Recruitment, Disability in the Workplace, Disability in Education
Dr. Bob Barrett
Professor, Department of Management Studies, American Public University