Together, we all have the ability to overcome personal obstacles and build stronger lives for those of us with challenges.

September 30, 2013

What is Disability?

discrimination is prohibited against “a qualified individual on the basis of disability.” What is Disability? Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act has had a few very important changes in the past few weeks, not the least of these are the definition of ‘disability.” In 2009, the ADAAA addressed the need to broaden the definition of disability – modifying key terms to help those to identify what is a disability. At Our Ability, we are helping
September 10, 2013

Marketing to People with Disabilities: It’s Good Business

Mark Hogan and I have known each other for the past 12 years. We have become friends, through our wives friendship. Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to share marketing stories with one another. Over coffee this morning, I mentioned this wonderful video produced by Guinness. Mark has a very well-written blog. He takes a look at businesses with an interesting marketing platform then goes in-depth about their successes and failures. I have enjoyed reading his
September 2, 2013

Getting Back to Work

Labor Day is upon us again!  Where did summer go? How are we sharing our Holiday?  Brandon is home with his new addition to his family – congrats Brandon and Sue Ellen!  Doug and Pam Hamlin are unpacking in their new residence in Central New York!  And, while three Robinson’s are going back to school in a week – I will be out speaking this Labor Day to Canisius College’s athletic department on Monday.  I
August 30, 2013

New 503 Regulations and Your Business!

Not mentioned in this week’s news that included wildfires in the crisis in Syria, is new Department of Labor regulations around hiring people with disabilities. We all know the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is too high. One of the ways the government wants to reduce the rate is by increasing the nationwide employment goal for federal contractors. What strikes me in the write-up is the self-identification.   The invitation to self identify maybe the
August 22, 2013

Careers Available: Substance Abuse Counselor

HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED A CAREER AS A SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELOR? Did you know that there is a shortage of credentialed addiction counselors? Did you know that the average age of a credentialed counselor in New York State is 55 years old? This means that there will be a growth in job opportunities for caring people who want to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with addiction as addictions professionals retire and
August 19, 2013

Inspirational Speaker Doug Hamlin with Students

Doug Hamlin puts people at ease with his daily activities living in a wheelchair.  Doug shares this message with school-age students, organizations and business leaders around the country. Our Ability produced this message as a way to inspire schools to include disability inclusion programs in their educational portfolio.  Both Doug and I realize by changing the perception of students at an early age, we can support disability inclusion in higher education and employment for generations

Our Ability Alliance is a 501c3 organization dedicated to inspiring individuals with disabilities to achieve their dreams through education and employment as well as to educate able-bodied individuals about the differences in ability around us.

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