Employment Webinar Series

All webinars will be recorded. ASL and CART services available.Please contact Lisa Justice if specific accommodations are needed for any of the webinars.

October marks National Disability Employment Awareness Month – we recognize people with disabilities whose work keeps our nation’s economy strong and reaffirms equal opportunity for all citizens. Local businesses who understand the value of a diverse workforce bring us one step closer to becoming the most disability-friendly community in the country.

October 1, 2020
10:00 a.m.


Explore how businesses hire and retain qualified people with disabilities to fill their workforce needs and foster inclusive workplace environments through statewide services through Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities.

October 29, 2020
10:00 a.m.


Leadership from First Solar join The Ability Center for a webinar featuring valuable insight on how to incorporate accessibility within your agency’s diversity and inclusion programming.

Key Takeaways/Resources
  • Many companies are concerned about the costs of accommodating persons with disabilities, lack of understanding of the talent available, grants to improve workplace accessibility, and unaware of the benefits disability inclusion has on corporate culture.
  • JAN Network provides free consulting services for all employers and includes a comprehensive list of disabilities with appropriate accommodations.
  • Identify gaps and create a plan. Utilize the Disability Equality Index scorecard, the most comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion.
  • Conduct an onsite worksite accessibility review with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). OOD partners with local employers to educate, address, and improve workplace culture and recruiting practices for people with disabilities.
  • Get comfortable talking about disability – don’t be afraid to say the word! Our toolkit has many resources on training and etiquette and use of person-first language.
  • Tap into Microsoft’s Accessibility in Action training course to gain expertise in implementing digital accessibility best practices and the skills to create an inclusive culture.
  • Test your website for accessibility using WAVE, a free website evaluation tool.