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LEAD Center Addresses Employers in St. Louis, MO about Hiring People with Disabilities

September 30, 2015

LEAD Center’s Employment Policy Advisor, Lisa Stern, was invited to give the keynote address at Accommodation for Success, a seminar for employers held by the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (SLATE) in recognition of the 25th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The event brought together more than 100 human resource representatives from approximately 60 businesses in Missouri to learn about the challenges that people with disabilities face in the job market, as well as the many solutions that can be implemented.

The half-day event, held at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park campus in St. Louis on August 11th, was the result of SLATE’s proactive collaboration with the St. Louis City Workforce Investment Board, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Vocational Rehabilitation and other stakeholders throughout the community. SLATE Executive Director, Michael Holmes, encouraged employers to attend, relaying that, “Accommodation for Success is designed to provide practical advice on ways to diversify the workplace and ensure that everyone has the means to participate in the workforce.”

A number of local agencies that provide specialized workplace services for people with disabilities were on-site to offer employers valuable information, resources and breakout sessions that covered topics such as reasonable accommodations, assistive technology, coaching and on-the-job supports, tax credits and (the very popular) recruiting etiquette and sourcing to find talent.

At the close of her keynote, Stern posed an important challenge that resonated with the St. Louis business community: “Consider the power of one: one employer, one job, one opportunity and one person…at a time.” 

As a proud partner of the American Job Center Network, SLATE is committed to continuing their work with area employers and other stakeholders to ensure Missourians with disabilities are recruited, hired, retained and promoted in the workforce.