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December 22, 2017
John Robinson, Our Ability

Our Ability Alliance Annual Report 2017: Employment New York

Employment New York 2017 Our Ability Alliance Annual Report: Where We Stand in New York State and How to Move Forward Executive Summary In September 2014, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 136 establishing New York State as an employment first state and assigning the Employment First Commission (EFC) to develop the State’s employment first policy. The EFC issued a report in March 2015 which contained three major goals: 5% increase in the employment rate of […]
November 29, 2017

Bronx Independent Living Services Job Opportunity

Position: Transition Specialist (2) Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) is a non-profit, community based organization dedicated to empowering all people with disabilities to understand and exercise their civil and human rights in order to live fully integrated lives in mainstream society. BILS assists individuals by providing them the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their own lives through access to education, skills development, and access to the appropriate resources. On a systemic level, BILS is […]
November 28, 2017

Message from Council of State Administrator of Vocational Rehabilitation – Potential elimination of the public VR Program and other programs as a result of Senate and House proposed tax reform plans.

In 1986, I received funding from vocational rehabilitation in New Hampshire to be able to attend university. Being able to go to university to study television radio and film has allowed me to have the career that I have. And while after 16 years I do not work in television anymore, my career only continues to grow as a business owner and advocate for individuals with disabilities. None of this would be possible without Voc […]
November 27, 2017

Crossmark Job Opportunity – Pittsburgh, PA

NOW RECRUITING PRODUCT / EVENT DEMONSTRATOR PART TIME Location: US-PA-Pittsburgh CROSSMARK is a leading sales and marketing services company in the consumer goods and services industry that delivers smarter solutions to clients for faster growth in an ever-changing world. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, CROSSMARK has more than 25,000 employees with offices throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.  If you’re a trailblazer, problem solver, creative thinker with an appetite to learn join […]
October 24, 2017

CORNELL FORUM: Technology Changes Everything: Innovating to Include People of All Abilities in a More Diverse Workforce October 26-27, 2017, NYC

Registration is free – please join us! (Please pre-register to be sure that a space is available for you.) Forum location: Baruch College, One Bernard Baruch Way (Corner of 24th Street/Lexington Ave) New York, NY  10010, Room 14-220, 14th Floor Forum dates:  October 26 (12:00pm registration, 1:00-5:00pm, with reception 5:00 -7:00pm) and October 27, (8:30am registration, 9:00am–5:00pm) Details:  Through several panels and keynote speakers, this forum will highlight existing and emerging innovations promoting greater disability […]
October 17, 2017

REPOSTING: Job Opportunity: Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York

Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York (SBANENY) is a small growing community-based organization whose primary mission is to enhance the lives of people living with Spina Bifida. We provide support services to individuals with Spina Bifida as well as their families and the professionals who serve them. Executive Director Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York (SBANENY) 30 hours/week on average, includes some evenings and weekends POSITION SUMMARY (Complete job description and application available […]

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August 27, 2015

Sodexo Blog: Focusing on Abilities Unites Coworkers with and without Disabilities

  Focusing on Abilities Unites Coworkers with and without Disabilities By Trish Freshwater, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition -Sodexo   During the school year, I often will stop at a grocery store after my kids’ morning drop off to pick up odds and ends that run out in between shopping trips. There are two stores on my journey, but I always pick the one closest to my children’s school. My choice is not just for the […]
September 11, 2015

Doug Hamlin Letter to the Post Standard

To the Editor: At Our Ability, Inc. we have been paying close attention to the discussion about paving the Erie Canal Trail in DeWitt and are eager to express our strong support for the project. Every summer, John Robinson and I lead the “Journey Along the Erie Canal” to raise funds and raise awareness for the abilities within everyone. The Journey is an adaptive bicycle ride covering the entire length of the Trail, 400 miles, […]
November 10, 2015

Veterans Day Thoughts…Remember Those Who Serve

by John Robinson Three years ago I had the opportunity to speak at Fort Bragg. I was invited by Lieut. Gen. John F Mulholland of the Special Forces – 3rd group. It was an amazing honor to be able to meet so many wonderful individuals serving our country. It was an interesting experience. I had trouble traveling; herniated two of my discs in my lower back getting off the airplane (it took me the better part […]
November 16, 2015

Financial Post Canada: Disclosure

Making the decision to disclose and discuss disabilities in the workplace As companies continue to implement and promote diversity efforts within their recruitment strategies, accommodating employees with disabilities remains an important focus. About four million working-age Canadians identified themselves as disabled in 2012. While it could be obvious if a candidate is in a wheelchair, or visually impaired many people live with invisible disabilities as well. Attention…