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Cognitive Disabilities; A Significant Yet Unaddressed Challenge For Competitive Integration In The Workplace

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Organizations such as LEAD represent the significant commitment and determination of employers, as well as the United States government, to improve the employability and economic self-sufficiency of people with disabilities. One of the most challenged demographics is that of individuals with cognitive disabilities. This group has only recently come to the forefront of public awareness, as over 250,000 veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) (1), ...

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Why Diversity and Inclusion Must be Part of Your Strategic Plan

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Why Diversity and Inclusion Must be Part of Your Strategic Plan

Globalization has pushed diversity to the forefront of many organizations’ strategic planning. However, the current management approach in working with diverse teams is often one of trying to achieve uniformity, even in cognitive styles, within the context of a singular dominant culture. It is our view that the most successful approach is one that focuses more on effectively achieving optimal productivity while supporting corporate goals through the recognition and valuation of the different talents of each individual. This includes ...

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Diversity In The Workplace – The New Frontier

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Diversity In The Workplace – The New Frontier

People who are in life-long recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) face many challenges, none of them perhaps as daunting as re-entering the workplace. I know because I have a son who is facing this challenge.

On the flip side, as an organizational consultant, I’ve experienced a key challenge that organizations face, and that is fostering a work climate that embraces differences – of ...

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The Neurodiverse Edge

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The Neurodiverse Edge

 

Business leaders want competitive advantages; they want to be productive, reduce turnover, save money, maintain good morale, and develop strong consumer appeal. Yet, what they often overlook is one of the most effective business practices available; hiring people with cognitive disabilities. A picture of Madelaine Sayko

While many businesses are becoming more aware of the value of hiring people with disabilities they still shy away from those ...

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A Few More Facts About Disabilities

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A Few More Facts About Disabilities

1.The World Health Organization has indicated that in the next few years, neurological disorders, most of which are invisible, will affect one billion people worldwide.

2. The National Institute of Mental Health states that nearly half of all adults are likely to experience a mental health issue over their lifetime.

3. US Census reports have identified that at least 1 in 5 individuals has a disability, and approximately 75% of these disabilities are invisible.

4. According ...

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A Few Facts About Disabilities

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A Few Facts About Disabilities

There are 60,000,000 people in America with disabilities, of those:

  • 48,000,000 have invisible disabilities
  • 20,000,000 have cognitive disabilities
  • 7,000,000 have Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • 500,000 are veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury or Post-traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), or both
  • 65% of companies do not track these disabilities

Federal regulations may soon require that companies with government contracts demonstrate that at least 7% of their workforce is comprised of people with disabilities.  Because of the ...

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Disability Power and Pride Inaugural Ball

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On January 19th I had the great pleasure of attending the second Disability Power and Pride Inaugural Ball at the National Press Club in Washington DC. The American Association of People with Disabilities was a co-sponsor of the Ball. Power and Pride instituted the ball four years ago to demonstrate the political unity and diversity of the disability community.

The ball was a chance to have fun and celebrate – and what a great time was had by ...

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At the PABI Conference

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At the PABI Conference

I had the great pleasure of attending the January 8th, 2013 Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury (PABI) conference in New York city.  The PABI project and the PABI plan were initiated by Patrick Donohue, the founder of The Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, and the father of Sarah Jane Donohue, who suffered a brain injury as an infant, when she was brutally shaken by a babysitter.

Rep. Leonard Lance (R, NJ-07) introduced the National PABI Plan Act ...

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