Pathways to Careers
Nearly everyone faces hardships and difficulties at one time or another. But for people with disabilities, barriers can be more frequent and have greater impact. The World Health Organization (WHO) describes barriers as being more than just physical obstacles. Here is the WHO definition of barriers:

“Factors in a person’s environment that, through their absence or presence, limit functioning and create disability. These include aspects such as:
  • a physical environment that is not accessible,
  • lack of relevant assistive technology (assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices),
  • negative attitudes of people towards disability,
  • services, systems and policies that are either nonexistent or that hinder the involvement of all people with a health condition in all areas of life.” 
Often there are multiple barriers that can make it extremely difficult or even impossible for people with disabilities to function. Here are the seven most common barriers. Often, more than one barrier occurs at a time.

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The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, through the Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund, has awarded JVS a $36,400 grant for Pathways to Careers, which helps people with disabilities develop work skills and gain employment in the community. JVS is seeking employers to participate in this initiative.

JVS will use the grant to fund a payroll tax adjustment for any employer who hires a participant in the Pathways program. The employer can then apply the savings from lower payroll taxes to offset the cost of support, tools or special equipment that might be needed to help the individual succeed in the workplace.

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A first-of-its-kind, fully-functioning teaching hotel designed to provide job training and employment for people with disabilities is ready to open its doors.

The 150-room Courtyard Muncie at Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Ind. will open with a ribbon cutting on Dec. 22.

From day one, at least 20 percent of the Courtyard by Marriott hotel’s 129-person workforce will be people with developmental and other types of disabilities, according to Sally Morris with The Arc of Indiana, which spearheaded the project.

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This October marks the 70th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), commemorated annually to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. In the United States we have seen great progress: people with disabilities now work in every sector of the economy, programs and institutions exist to provide job training and employment support, and employees with disabilities make up more than 13% of the federal government workforce. Thanks in large part to the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) we've also seen greater attention being paid to disability employment from the disability community, the business community and governments around the world. There is a role for everyone in fighting discrimination and ensuring the full inclusion of people with disabilities in society and in the workplace.

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A trio of advocacy groups hosted a summit Wednesday morning to help make Missourians aware of the changing legal landscape surrounding employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Roughly 120 people, including those with disabilities and their friends and family, listened to a panel of seven speakers, each representing local, state or national groups. The summit, held at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center, was sponsored by the Arc of Missouri, People First of Missouri and the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council.

Each speaker addressed challenges that people with disabilities face when seeking employment. The speakers discussed how national legislation, court rulings and support groups have helped fix these problems and protected the rights of people with disabilities.

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Eleven major international companies today agreed to promote and include persons with disabilities throughout their operations worldwide in a move the International Labour Organization (ILO) hailed as “not only just a good moral cause” but also “good for business.”

In an announcement, ILO said that Accenture, AccorHotels, Adecco Group, AXA Group, Carrefour Group, Dow Chemical, Groupe Casino, L’Oréal, Orange, the Standard Bank Group, and Michelin have become the first signatories of the newly-created ILO Global Business & Disability Network Charter, in a ceremony in Geneva, Switzerland.

“This new Charter can also make a substantial contribution to realizing many goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder.

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