Inclusive Workforce

By Peter Fay on September 8, 2017

Enhancing the Reasonable Accommodation Process in the Workplace

At the recent USBLN Conference in Orlando, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offered two half-day workshops focused on disability in the workplace. Led by Lou Orslene, the co-director of JAN, the workshops offered participants the opportunity to learn from JAN’s experience as the leading national source of expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and […]

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By Paul Austin on August 23, 2017

Changing Perspectives of Autism in the Workplace

There is a wealth of technical talent available in the population of high-functioning autistic individuals, but it often goes untapped for the want of proper accommodations that could make any workplace – with or without people on the autism spectrum – a better place to work. Currently in the United States, only 14 percent of […]

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By Ruoyi Zhou on July 26, 2017

Technology Equality for People with Disabilities

The year 2017 will be remembered as a major milestone in the relationship between technology and equality for people with disabilities. Earlier this year, updates were finally approved to the Section 508 Amendment of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Revised 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines have transformed turn-of-the-century accessibility for procurement and services […]

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By Masashi Oikawa on July 19, 2017

IBM Japan’s “Access Blue” Program Trains Students with Disabilities for New Collar Jobs

In my country of Japan, there is a legal requirement (Act for Employment Promotion of Persons with Disabilities that states that at least 2 percent of employees across all business organizations (with workforces greater than 50) must be persons with disabilities. This requirement will increase to 2.2 percent in 2018 and 2.3 percent in 2020. […]

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By Tim Powers on June 19, 2017

Creating Inclusive Workplaces is a Business Imperative

by Lou Orslene, Mobile Accommodation Solution (MAS) Project Manager and Co-Director of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), Center for Disability Inclusion The World Health Organization reports globally there are more than 1 billion people with disabilities. Increasingly, chronic health conditions and disabilities are becoming more commonplace in the workplace. This has major implications for employers […]

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By Tim Powers on April 25, 2017

Guiding the Way: On the Streets and in Life

by David Wei, Development Manager, Watson Career Coach With ear-splitting applause and screams, I cross the fabled finish line of 121th Boston Marathon, step by step with Erich Manser. I had the opportunity of running the Marathon by being a running guide for Erich, a blind Marathoner, an Ironman, an IBM colleague, and my friend. I […]

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By Brent Shiver on February 9, 2016

Increasing Engagement Through Captions

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if only a tiny fraction of videos on the Internet had sound? How useful would they be, especially as video will account for 79 percent of all Internet traffic by 2018? When you turn that scenario around and realize the infinitesimally small number of videos that […]

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