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.
Cornell University’s Employment & Disability Institute completed an extensive survey of disability-related employment practices across 662 employers across a wide variety of sectors and industries. This link gives an overview of the findings from this study.
This Cornell University site contains a series of briefs and articles about a variety of disability issues and strategies of interest to HR professionals, including HR management, employment processes, information about specific types of accommodations and nondiscrimination regulations.
These findings from a recent pilot study on a program to foster public/private partnerships includes a comprehensive list of organizations who have successfully established public/private partnerships that benefit not only people with disabilities, but also the organization.
The Project Search model for public/private partnerships has enabled many companies to tap into a new talent pool while increasing productivity and reducing turnover. This link provides an overview of Project Search programs across a range of industries.
This brief provides an overview of what leading companies are doing to enhance disability inclusiveness in their workplaces.
COSD enables employers to find and recruit talented students with disabilities from colleges/universities across the country.
GettingHired provides a job-board and other key resources for both qualified job-seekers with disabilities and employees who have job openings.
On the third Wednesday of every October, thousands of people with disabilities connect with thousands of employers from the U.S. and across the world to participate in Disability Mentoring Day. This event is a great way to build awareness of the skills and talents of job-seekers with disabilities and to explore new strategies for disability inclusiveness.
The 2007 report, Empowerment for People with Disabilities: Breaking Barriers to Careers and Full Employment, illustrates a number of innovative best practices across a variety of companies. Of particular interest are the descriptions of partnerships and collaborations that benefit both employer and employee.
This 2004 article by Bruyere, Erickson & Van Looy, Comparative Study of Workplace Policy and Practices Contributing to Disability Nondiscrimination, describes and compares different disability and employment policies across the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The article points out practices and responses to different legal and policy structures in the two countries.
This website contains a wealth of resources, links and publications about a variety of disability and employment issues in New Jersey and throughout the country. Located at Rutgers University, the Heldrich Center provides research on workforce policies and trends, and has section devoted to projects, initiatives, and products about employing individuals with disabilities.
This site describes the innovative approach taken by Walgreen’s to hire, retain and promote people with disabilities in their workforce. Starting with distribution centers, Wahlgreen’s has a goal of a workforce consisting of one-third of people with a variety of disabilities working in a fully integrated team.
The mission of NOD is to increase the participation and contribution of the 54 million men, women, and children in every aspect of life in the United States. In an effort to close the participation gaps between those with and without disabilities, NOD raises disability awareness through programs and information dispersal. On this website you will find databases full of studies that focus on individuals with disabilities, links to organizations or agencies that focus on the needs of those with disabilities, and also general information on ADA compliance/practices.