Cincinnati picked for workplace disability inclusion pilot program

One way of developing workplace diversity is reaching out to groups that have largely been kept out of the job search process.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber was selected for participation in a pilot program designed to increase the workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), “Getting Down to Business: A Pilot to Strengthen Small Business Through Disability Inclusion” will provide customized assistance to help increase Chamber membership to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities.

“We are proud and excited to be one of three organizations, and the only Chamber, selected for this pilot program,” said Jill Meyer, president and CEO of the Chamber. “We intend to lead the charge in creating best practices for other regions to join and continue this important work.”

Proposed activities for the pilot program include the creation of an advisory committee on disability issues, development of a job shadowing program linking young people with disabilities to Chamber member businesses and a series of educational events for employers and human resources professionals.

Meyer served on the Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services from 2011-2015.

Read the entire article on You can also listen to Executive Director of LADD, Susan Brownknight; Senior Inclusion Advisor for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, Mary Stagaman; and Manager of Consumer Neuroscience at Nielsen Company, Megan Belden talk about disability inclusion in the workplace during a recent Cincinnati Edition segment on WVXU.

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