The Quest for Talent: Innovative Disability Employment Models

90-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S5-B
When: April 18, 2019
Location/Room: 101 FG
Level: Intermediate
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Mark Balsano, Charter Communications  |  Merrill Friedman, Anthem, Inc.  |  Carol Glazer, National Organization on Disability


The search for talent is a defining business challenge triggering more leading companies to deploy innovative strategies to tap into the largely untapped disability talent pool, including neurodiverse candidates. These companies are pioneering scalable disability employment models—opening pathways to meaningful careers for this underrepresented group—that are changing the paradigm for recruitment and hiring.

Participants in this session will learn from companies that have enacted initiatives which have significantly changed how they hire people with disabilities and have seen real results. The “panel engagement” format will allow for presenters to interact with and engage participants through large group discussion, self-reflection activities, and discussion of best practices and action steps that they can take back to their companies.

The session will address firsthand how making changes to your hiring process can open a new pipeline of talent currently excluded by applicant tracking systems and a subjective interview process.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Acquire the knowledge to make a business case for disability inclusion in talent acquisition plans
  2. Understand critical components for a successful disability hiring program, with examples to take away and apply immediately
  3. Understand the impact of attitudes in disability hiring programs

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