New Brief Examines Strategies to Support Workers with Disabilities

Posted by Andrala Walker - On July 26, 2012 (EST)

New Brief Examines Strategies to Support Workers with Disabilities

A new brief from the Kessler Foundation and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development examines this growing trend. Strategies to Support Employer-Driven Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Employees with Disabilities presents four profiles that highlight innovative practices among employers operating warehouse distribution centers. The brief also features implications for state officials, local service and support agencies, and employers for fostering the continued growth of initiatives to meet the employer workforce needs of job seekers with disabilities.


The brief profiles the following case studies:

  • The National Organization on Disability’s Bridges to Business program, which develops customized approaches for employers and service providers to meet corporate employment goals.
  • The Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services’ Industry-Specific Training and Placement Program, an effort to foster employer-driven initiatives and community partnerships. The program offers grants to Community Rehabilitation Provider agencies to partner with major employers on disability employment initiatives.
  • Reddwerks, a software company based in Austin, Texas, provides distribution management systems software to many of the big box retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart, and Williams-Sonoma. Reddwerks’ software is disability-friendly and has enabled employers to expand their pool of job candidates with disabilities.
  • Project SEARCH, a school-to-work transition program originally developed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, provides real-life work experiences to help young adults with disabilities make successful transitions from school to adult life. Over the years, Project SEARCH has expanded beyond its hospital origins to banking, government services, and distribution centers.



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