March 4, 2014
The National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center (NBDC) will host a Think Tank session to assist its member companies in understanding issues concerning disability in the workforce and legislation regarding accommodations and new hiring regulations. The next session, Navigating Complex Accommodation and ADA Issues, is scheduled for March 18, 2014. It is designed to give business leaders an opportunity to speak openly and honestly with their peers on important topics.
“The purpose of our Think Tanks is to have the business community come together and have an open dialogue. It provides employers a forum to share experiences and concerns pertaining to people with disabilities in the workforce,” said Laura M. Francis, Executive Director, National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center. “Workplace accommodations continue to be an important topic, so we’re pleased that our partners at the Job Accommodation Network will facilitate this important dialogue.”
The March 18th Think Tank will take place via a conference call for one-hour starting at 10:00am, beginning with a brief presentation from a national guest speaker. The speaker will then facilitate the brainstorming session among the members.
Additional sessions scheduled for this year include:
• June 24, 2014 – Top Ten Accommodations (including details from Job Accommodations
Network’s Low Cost, High Impact study)
• September 16, 2014 – Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Regs / Section 503 related
• December 16, 2014 – TBD
The Think Tank sessions are a membership benefit and are open, at no charge, to all NBDC members. For more information or to register, contact Brandon Macsata at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit nbdc.com.
NBDC’s services are offered through tiered membership levels or on a consultant basis and assist businesses in developing strategies to implement, grow, measure and create solid disability programs. These include talent acquisition, advancement and retention strategies; customized training seminars and workshops; facility and IT accessibility surveys; and an information hotline for disability-related employment issues. Its initiatives to assist employers with expanding their recruiting of people with disabilities include Job Postings Services that aid in attracting qualified people with disabilities to their companies, the NBDC National Resume Database that provides access to resume listings 24/7 and the Emerging Leaders summer internship program for college students with disabilities.
Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs more than 300 professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology.