AHRC Workforce, an initiative of AHRC Nassau, helps people with disabilities to find gainful employment through participation in job skills and job placement programs. AHRC Workforce, which prepares clients for jobs in fields such as landscaping and commercial cleaning, works with companies that are interested in hiring people with disabilities. Through their participation in these programs, people with disabilities can take a major step toward independence.
Through AHRC Nassau’s Supported Employment Department, specialists screen applicants to find jobs that fit their skills and interests. Specialists also work with employers and potential employees to help them achieve job performance standards at or above employers’ expectations. In the long term, the program aims to help participants work as independently as possible.
AHRC Workforce has built partnerships with a number of businesses and corporations that are committed to hiring people with disabilities. These include CVS Pharmacy; the New York Islanders; and Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, P.C.
Cynthia Rosicki of Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates serves as a board member of AHRC Nassau.
Hiring people with disabilities benefits companies in a number of ways, according to a report conducted by Cornell University’s IRL School in partnership with The Conference Board. Managers who have supervised workers with disabilities have reported being more likely to continue hiring other such employees. The report showed that when a company hires employees with disabilities, it will see improvements in workplace safety, productivity, and overall morale.
Even so, only about one-third of working-age American adults with disabilities has a job, a sharp contrast with the more than 75 percent of people without disabilities who are employed. According to the report, about one out of every 10 people in the United States lives with some form of a disability. The cost to business owners to accommodate these employees is relatively small and can be offset by federal funds designed to cover the cost of appropriate on-the-job accommodations. Individuals with disabilities bring home more than $260 billion in family income, making them a strong presence in the mainstream of the country’s economic and social life.
Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, a Long Island, New York, law firm committed to hiring and retaining top talent among people with disabilities, recently lent its support to the Employment and Visual Impairment Conference on Policy and Practice at Baruch College. Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates joined with the New York State Commission for the Blind and Hidden City Café to co-sponsor the seventh annual conference. Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates partner Craig Wolfson again hosted the event as master of ceremonies.
The 2014 conference, held at Baruch College’s Lexington Avenue Campus in New York City, focused on the theme “Your Future Is Now.” Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the policies and practices most relevant to employees with disabilities. In addition, workshops and panels focused on providing assistance to people with visual impairments as they learned to integrate technology into their professional skill sets.
The staff at the SUNY University Eye Center offered vision evaluations at the conference, and participants could choose among sessions dealing with the federal government’s recent Affordable Care Act, a demonstration of innovative assistive technology products, and efforts by New York museums to increase the ability of people with disabilities to interact with art. Business owners could attend a presentation on the multiple benefits to their companies of recruiting and employing men and women with disabilities.
A part of the City University of New York, Baruch College serves a student body of more than 17,000.