The Inevitable Foundation: No DEI without Disability

“There is no diversity, equity & inclusion without disability” a phrase now illuminated across multiple city billboards. ABILITY Magazine’s George Kaplan sits down with the masterminds behind the bright and bold ad campaign and co-founders of the Inevitable Foundation, Richie Siegel and Marisa Torelli-Pedevska. During their conversation, they discuss why the Inevitable Foundation specifically ... Read more

Hannah Orban — Equalizing Opportunities

“I’m committed to policy-making that improves the lives of people with disabilities,” says Hannah Orban, an advocate, public policy specialist, and Fulbright scholar from Sydney, Australia. “We have to redouble our efforts to dismantle disabling attitudes. People with disabilities have been fighting tooth and nail for far too long.” For Hannah, these issues are ... Read more

DOJ and EEOC Warn: Artificial Intelligence Tools Can Violate the ADA

The Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) each released a technical assistance document about disability discrimination when employers use artificial intelligence (AI) and other software tools to make employment decisions. Employers use AI in selecting employees, performance monitoring and determining pay or promotions. Computer software is used to score applicants’ ... Read more

Tony Coelho’s Letter to 20/20

July 31, 1996 Mr. Victor Neufeld Executive Producer 20/20 147 Columbus Avenue, Tenth Floor New York, New York 10023 Dear Mr. Neufeld: John Stossel’s recent 20/20 effort, “Getting in on the Act” was one of the most biased stories I have seen since the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed six years ago. After ... Read more

Exceptional Minds

Most people are aware of the low rates of unemployment and underemployment of people with autism. Exceptional Minds seeks to change that, one career at a time. Exceptional Minds is an academy and studio preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for careers in animation, visual effects, 3D gaming and other related fields in ... Read more

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation — Empowering Youth with Disabilities

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF) is seeking proposals focused on its vision to empower youth with disabilities to lead productive lives through increased employment. Proposals should present effective, scalable strategies to prepare youth with disabilities (<26) for the workforce, which helps them successfully transition to inclusive, competitive employment. Preference is given to projects ... Read more

Online Career Fair for Job Seekers with Disabilities

The United Nations Development Programme – UNDP joins other leading recruiters looking to expanded their disability diversity outreach. The UNPD works in over 170 countries and is hiring world wide. If you’ve ever wanted to work at the United Nations here is your chance. On July 22nd, ABILITYJobFair.org will host a virtual career fair ... Read more

Actors with Disabilities Help Diversity in Hollywood

A growing number of Studios, Casting Agents, Organizations, Film Festivals know about the future of inclusion with abilityE SAG-AFTRA, Casting Society of America, Warner Brothers, Netflix, Paramount, 20th Century Studios, DreamWorks Animation Television, Lionsgate/Starz, Cinestate, Google, CBS, Bunim/Murray, EmpowerHouse, Final Draft, KMR, Focus on Ability Short Film Festival, ReelAbilities, Easterseals, RespectAbility and many more. ... Read more

Does Artificial Intelligence Impact Hiring People with Disabilities?

People with disabilities face significant disadvantages in the workforce. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), of all the employment discrimination cases filed in 2019, the most common claims involved disability-based discrimination (33.4%), closely followed by race and gender based discrimination. Today, a new form of employment discrimination causes concern: Artificial Intelligence ... Read more

The Coelho Center & LCA hosted an Executive Leadership Roundtable and Flash Mentoring at LMU

The Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy & Innovation along with Lights! Camera! Access! hosted an Executive Leadership Roundtable, an engaging day of discussion, support and entertainment at the Playa Vista Campus of Loyola Marymount University. “Accessible Technology: Products, Services and the 21st Century Workforce.” The day included workshops, resume support and the wealth ... Read more

Interview with Diahann Carroll

Interview with Diahann Carroll with Chet Cooper and Jeffrey Lane: Circa 2000 Intro by Bob Reed In the entertainment field the dream of every performer is to have his or her work recognized with a nomination for a major award. For movie actors the biggest prize is the Academy Award, otherwise known as the ... Read more

Online ABILITY Job Fair for Job Seekers with disABILITIES

Next online ABILITY Job Fair Dec 3rd, 2019 Recruiters from Google, Amercian Express, Paul Hastings, Aetna, United States Secret Service, Glacier Bancorp, Avnet, and more met hundreds of job seekers with disABILITIES.  The ABILITY Job Fair is an online accessible face to face video platform and partners with abilityJOBS.com and ABILITY Magazine. Accessibility Features: ... Read more

Cell Phone Company is Called Out — EEOC Sues for Violating ADA and Refusing Reasonable Accommodation

“Northwest Wireless should have ensured supervisors and managers understood their responsibilities under the ADA. Instead, the company lost a valuable employee.” Northwest Wireless sued for disability discrimination for firing worker with severe hearing loss, says EEOC. Headquartered in Bremerton, WA, Northwest Wireless Enterprises, an independent retailer of T-Mobile products and services, violated federal law ... Read more

Strategies for Job Hunting with a Disability in Higher Education

Landing a professional position in an uncertain economy can be challenging for any job seeker, whether you have a disability or not. Yet it can and is done, every day! Here are some tips to help you move from applicant to employee. Consider Your Options Before you even start your search, decide what you ... Read more

Online ABILITY Job Fair for Job Seekers with disABILITIES

Recruiters from Aetna, Facebook, United States Secret Service, Fred Hutch and more met hundreds of job seekers with disABILITIES.  The ABILITY Job Fair is an online accessible face to face video platform and partners with abilityJOBS.com and ABILITY Magazine. Accessibility Features: Screen reader compatibility • Speech to text in real time • Sign language ... Read more

Global Accessibility Symposium and Lights! Camera! Access! Career Exploration Summit

The Global Accessibility Symposium was held at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA on May 17th. During the day, Lights! Camera! Access! (LCA) held the Executive Leadership Roundtable, facilitated by the Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act. LCA Roundtable included: Frances West, Founder of Frances West Company, Speaker, Author, ... Read more

EEOC Sues Safeway for not Providing Interpreter for Deaf Applicant

National grocery store chain Safeway, Inc. will pay $75,000 and make significant changes to its policies and hiring practices to resolve a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Joel Sibert applied online in July 2017 for several jobs at Safeway Store #1551 in ... Read more

Jacksons Foods Settles EEOC Discrimination Lawsuit for Deaf Worker

A chain of convenience stores in the Pacific Northwest learned the hard way this week that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not a piece of legislation you want to mess around with. Jacksons Food Stores, Inc. settled a lawsuit after Nathaniel Prugh, a job applicant who is deaf, was refused a job ... Read more

New Labor Department Directive to Recognize Best Initiatives for Hiring Job Seekers with Disabilities

A new Labor Department directive aims to spur innovation in workplace diversity and inclusivity by highlighting companies and contractors who go above and beyond with their hiring practices. The not-so-creatively-named directive DIR 2016-06, which comes from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) within the Labor Department, would offer recognition to “contractors with high-quality ... Read more

The Changes H.R. 5658 Would Make to the Rehabilitation Act

Text that is being stricken will be marked in bold red text, while text that is being added will be marked in bold green text, so it’s all a bit easier for you to find. You can find the original text of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 here, and you can find the exact ... Read more