This article originally appeared in the Christian Science Monitor on Aug. 7
Walgreen's and now a report by the National Governors Association show businesses can benefit by seeing disabled workers not as charity cases but employees with uncommon qualities that can enhance profits.
Few people noticed, but last week marked the 23rd anniversary of the 1990 passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. That landmark law is best known for mandating such conveniences as designated parking for people with disabilities, wheelchair ramps, and Braille on elevators. A whole generation has now benefited from it. But one thing has not changed very much for America's 54 million disabled people: landing a job.
That may change with a report last week by the National Governors Association. It is called "A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities." Note the words "bottom line." The report aims to help states support a trend in American business led by Walgreen's. Since 2007, the drugstore chain has hired those with disabilities not out of magnanimous charity but for the competitive advantage in employing disabled workers.
You’ve grown accustomed to hearing Pete Gustin’s deep bass voice over the past few months on U-Rock 99.1’s imaging drop-ins between songs and other promotional spots for the SKIL Media station.
It’s a robust and healthy voice – one which projects strength and power. It’s a voice which has been a part of hundreds of television and radio campaigns, touting everything from movies to video games to a National Football League team.
Though as wide-spread and well-known as his voice has become, Gustin had until recently kept one part of his life under wraps -- this very successful announcer is visually impaired.
It's a tough time to be a poverty fighter. The US Census just announced that poverty in America has plateaued at 15% and that poverty impacts 22% percent of US children, while the House just passed on a bill to cut $40 Billion from the SNAP program.
Meanwhile, the staff and volunteers of KACAP have been doing data entry for weeks. It was never our intention to finish collating conference evaluations the same week as the Census Poverty Data or the passing of HR 3102. But, in their own small way, the timeliness of these numbers show that hope is not lost in the search for a better future for our communities.
After 40 sessions with participants from 14 different states, respondents from the 2013 KS Conference on Poverty told us that:
96% have an increased understanding of poverty issues; 97% will do their job better with what they learned; 98% believed the conference lived up to its promises; and 99% are inspired to do more in the fight against poverty.
KACAP is humbled and honored by this response, and along with our member agencies, remain dedicated to programs & policies that make a difference. Read More
There will be a public forum in Yates Center on October 16, 2013. the meeting will be at the Yates Center Community Building located at 713 South Fry . Everyone is encouraged to be there for this scheduled 2 hour event from 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Shari Coatney, CEO/President of SKIL Resource Center stated, “SKIL Resource Center is dedicated to providing people with disabilities in the Woodson County area with the services and programs that will assist them in staying independent and in their own homes. We want people to attend this public forum and share their voices as we develop a way to provide for their needs.”
For more information about this event contact either the Chanute SKIL office at 431-0757or the Fredonia SKIL Office at 378-4881
SKIL provides services and resources to people across the state of Kansas. SKIL is a center for independent living. Some of the no charge services provided include.
Bobby has that ability of just making the world a little better where ever he goes. If ever there was a man that would share the shirt on his back it would be Bobby. At a recent live remote with KLKC radio Bobby was a winner. He won among other things a new tee Shirt. When I asked Bobby about how I could get a new shirt like that he said he would win one for me. And he did just that.
Willing to share more than just the material things around and in our world; Bobby shares his kindness and friendly attitude with everyone he meets. Bobby works with a person that has a disability as a Direct Support Worker. Often the folks that work in a person’s home as a DSW does more than just the material needs that a person needs to go about daily life.
Direct Support Workers make it possible for folks to live in their own home and community. People like Bobby are vital to the success of SKIL Resource center. When a person gets separated from the rest of the world, depression, loneliness and other issues develop. Bobby helps people to bridge that gap and make us all a little better.
The next time you meet Bobby let him know his work is changing lives and communities. We appreciate his attitude.