Disability as Diversity 103


Our Ability provides employers with end-to-end disclosure training designed to create and maintain a safe, confidential environment where employees can self-disclose without fear. Because the term “disability” still holds a stigma for many, understanding the wide spectrum of how individuals feel about being identified as a person with a disability is essential. Drawing from our decades of personal and professional experience, we equip businesses with the resources to confidently understand and navigate the recent Section 503 mandate and best practices in promoting disclosure.


Benefits include:

  • Knowing which questions to ask and facilitate open dialogue for self-identification.
  • Step-by-step know-how on processing disclosure information.
  • Understanding and applying the government requirements around accommodation.
  • Reducing unconscious bias and myths about disability and accommodation.
  • Increasing productivity and innovation by creating an understanding, comfortable work environment for all.
  • Embracing requirements that move beyond compliance, paving the opportunity for increased employee and customer loyalty.
  • Comprehensive understanding of new ADA and Section 503 employer mandates.
  • Actionable strategies for achieving the required 7% minimum inclusion of people with disabilities in your workforce.
  • Establishing guidelines and timelines for data collection, records keeping and access and reporting.



  • An action plan as part of EEO that can be followed to include disability as part of diversity hiring practices.
  • Better understanding on disability in the workplace.
  • Building a business case for your existing business to employ, recruit and sell to disabilities.
  • Building and supporting allies and members for your business resource group around disability.
  • Membership in Our Ability Inc., which allows you to search our database of candidates with disabilities across the nation.
  • Access to John Robinson to answer personalized questions for one year period regarding specific trainings.
  • Ability to record seminars in person or webinars for use for a two-year period, with additional licensing available for five years.

Competencies / SHRM

  • Global & Cultural Effectiveness
  • Leadership & Navigation
  • Effectiveness & Development
  • Diversity & Inclusion


John Robinson – In 2014, John Robinson was named one of ten national White House Champions of Change for Disability Employment and honored with the Excelsior College President’s Award for Advocacy in 2010. Since 2011, he’s served as managing partner, CEO and Founder of Our Ability, which provides inclusive workforce and employment consulting, mentoring, workshops, keynotes and seminars on disability and diversity. Our Ability’s clients have included Cargill, Inc., Microsoft, Bank of America, Aflac and Realty USA. John additionally founded Our Ability Connect, the only online platform where employers can directly connect with qualified candidates with disabilities by searching a digital profile service, posting employment opportunities and sponsoring virtual job fairs. As Executive Director of the New York Business Leadership Network, he builds coalitions among New York State businesses interested in both hiring and building supplier diversity of businesses owned by individuals with disabilities. John currently serves as an advocate for people with disabilities with the Disability Education Forum of New York and was the subject of “Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story,” a public television documentary and autobiography.

“I left corporate America after 20 years to give back to our community of individuals with disabilities and provide new opportunities for employment.”

Disability as Diversity 103: Self-Disclosure/Compliance

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Our Ability, Inc. is a certified of disability-owned business enterprises (DOBEs), with the United States Business Leadership Network

Our Ability, Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. These programs are valid for 1.5 PDCs each for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.