Thursday, July 30, 2009

Human Capital: Mine the wealth of diverse talent

Strong human capital strategies, which include recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities, are pivotal to maintaining your competitive advantage. By having the right talent at the right place at the right time you meet critical business needs. Your business can profit from a disability talent pool.

Recruiting
· Expand your talent pool by recruiting candidates with disabilities
· Gain access to a skilled and valued workforce
Retention
· Retain the skills and knowledge of employees who acquire disabilities
· Reduce staff turnover
Cost/Benefit
· Reduce the average cost of hiring and training
· Increase productivity and performance using cost-effective technology, tools, and resources
· Leverage tax benefits

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Return on Investment: Improve your bottom line

Businesses that employ people with disabilities turn social issues into business opportunities. These opportunities translate into lower costs, higher revenues and increased profits.

Increase Revenues
· Access new markets
· Improve productivity through innovative and effective ways of doing business
Reduce Costs
· Reduce hiring and training costs
· Increase retention
· Reduce Costs associated with conflict and litigation
Enhance shareholder value
· Capitalize on opportunities to meet business goals

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Feeling the Economic Pinch?

In these challenging economic times, individuals with developmental disabilities may be needing extra help in making ends meet. The Informing Families Building Trust wants to help. They have produced a new podcast series focused on free and low-cost services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Links are on the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council website www.informingfamilies.org.

The first segment of this three-part podcast series focuses on food and health care resources that are available in Washington State and are available to individuals and families whether or not they are receiving services from DDD. Self Advocate Emily Rogers talks about statewide toll free hotlines that have information about the Quest Card, Family Food, Family Health, State Wide Health Insurance, Prescription Drug Program and Benefits Check-Up.

Future podcasts will focus on Houseing & Utilities and Benefits Planning. Keep checking back on the Informing Families website.

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Monday, July 20, 2009

A great service for families

The Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council has launched a new website designed to give individuals with developmental disabilities and their families access to more information and the ability to share information with others.

  • There are short summaries of news stories featured in news sources across the state with links to the articles
  • Instant access to helpful DVDs and podcasts
  • An event calendar with a search feature
  • A way to instantly share information on the website with others

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Talent is not always visible to the naked eye.

There are many ways to measure progress.

The discovery of talent and matching it to a place where that talent can make a difference is like oxygen to a mountain climber nearing the summit of Mt. Rainier. Who wouldn't be bored and "have negative and disruptive behaviors" stuck in a sheltered workshop sticking labels on plastic bags for 15 years, earning about 15 bucks a month? People we thought couldn't possibly do much more, are showing us that they can learn to read, use a computer, communicate, and complete complex tasks. Anyone who can move a body part, whether unaided or with assistive technology can do something productive and work.

The community and local businesses are learning too. Sometimes workers with disabilities change a workplace for the better simply by their presence, even if their contribution appears small when measured against an employee who can do everything. Workers with disability bring a new diversity to the community....a presence that does not instill weariness....rather one that inspires us all to be courageous and find new ways to work together.

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