The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. The ADA National Network consists of ten Regional ADA National Network Centers located throughout the United States that provide local assistance to ensure that the ADA is implemented wherever possible. We are not an enforcement or regulatory agency, but a helpful resource supporting the ADA's mission to "make it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality." For free and confidential assistance for any question relating to the ADA, call toll free 800.949.4232.
This article examines how HR professionals can ensure that their diversity program includes a consideration of disability and reviews the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to diversity. Finally, the article considers strategies for HR professionals who wish to include disability in their diversity efforts.
This site of the U.S. Department of Labor provides a wealth of resources and information to support employers aiming to enhance disability inclusiveness in their workplaces. These resources cover strategy building, recruiting candidates with disabilities, the business case and lessons from other employers.
This report by the U.S. Business Leadership Network provides a comprehensive description of the strategies and practices of leading organizations who have integrated disability into their diversity plans.
This website of Diversity World offers both resources and ideas to integrate disability into diversity planning and practice.
The NCWD is partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor and provides tools and information for employers who wish to accommodate, employ, recruit and retain a people with disabilities in their workforce. Information about new publications, federal regulations, technology, and disabled communities are easily accessible from the home page. The NCWD provides training, technical assistance, policy analysis, and information to improve access for all in the workforce development system.
In this article, the importance of including disability awareness in diversity initiatives is discussed. The purpose of diversity awareness training is not only to avoid overt and unintentional discrimination against minority employees. Diversity in the workplace enhances the bottom line. It goes beyond helping people work harmoniously in spite of different work and communication styles and experiences.