Inaugural Florida Legal Diversity Summit

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), which highlighted the employment barriers facing America’s population with disabilities. Because individuals with disabilities make up the largest diversity talent pool, GettingHired seeks to reduce their employment gap by providing a solution to the challenge of identifying, recruiting, and retaining qualified candidates with disabilities.

Website accessibility is often an initial barrier overlooked by employers seeking to attract talent with disabilities. GettingHired’s website is fully accessible, 508-compliant and mobile responsive, allowing a job seeker with any type of disability easy access to jobs. GettingHired’s talent pool of job seekers with disabilities has continued to grow since its inception in 2008 and the 115K registered job seekers span across all educational levels and industries.

Unlike other job portals, GettingHired takes a number of additional steps to make sure the applicants are not lost among the hundreds of competing applications, by:

Recent regulatory changes in regards to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act has made the hiring efforts of people with disabilities a top priority for many businesses. The amendment establishes a utilization goal of 7% of the workforce for Federal contractors and sub-contractors to be a person with a disability. Federal contractors and subcontractors have begun to make a more concerted effort to identify and hire qualified individuals with disabilities.

But there are challenges in doing this. Due to the personal nature of disclosing a disability and fear of discrimination, individuals with disabilities are reluctant to disclose their disability to an employer. Based on a recent survey conducted by GettingHired to their job seekers, almost ¾ will not disclose their disability during the application process and 58% will not disclose until a job offer is extended. Employers must be ready to rethink their existing outreach, measurement, reporting, and training systems if they wish to be successful in their diversity and compliance initiatives.

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