Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is joining forces with other disability experts and advocates to bridge the gap between people living with disabilities and organization’s ability to connect with the largest untapped pipeline of talent in this country.

As employers begin to embrace that remote work is here to stay, they realize that the workplace is now infinitely more accessible to people with disabilities. Furthermore, showing a commitment to a diverse and accessible workplace is a selling point that can attract talent.

Throughout Disability Employment Awareness Month, MDA will take meaningful steps toward providing people with disabilities access to the same opportunities to gainful employment so they can achieve professional and financial independence.

“We are uniting with partners at the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities and Inclusively, the technology-centered employment platform for job seekers with disabilities, to help industries overcome challenges and cultivate employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

“Our programs during National Disability Employment Awareness Month are just the beginning—we are committed leading toward an inclusive workplace that reflects that national population of 1 in 4 people living with disability.”

— Kristine Welker, Chief of Staff for MDA

“The NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities is pleased to work with MDA and Inclusively to amplify the work of our public-private workforce development initiative, NYC: ATWORK,” says Martha Jackson, Assistant Commissioner, Employment and Business Development, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD).

Programs, Platforms Kick Off with Roundtable Discussion

MDA, the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, and Inclusively convened recently with a distinguished group of other DEI authorities and advocates, educational leaders, and industry executives in a roundtable discussion to discuss disability employment topics, share experiences and expertise, and explore steps to help employers and job candidates find success in the workplace.

MDA is also leveraging its partner Inclusively to find talent for open positions. Inclusively will use its job matching technology to source candidates with jobs at MDA that align their experience and expertise the needs of the organization.

In addition, MDA is expanding the STEM Connections Program, a continuation of its partnership with General Motors (GM). Beginning in October and into November, mentors will be matched with youth ages 16-21 who are living with a neuromuscular disease to learn about higher education and job pathways in STEM. This mentorship program will build confidence and instill workplace readiness skills as participants work with mentors.

Quest Focuses on Work-from-Home Era

The latest issue of MDA’s magazine, Quest, focuses on the work-from-home era and reports that a survey conducted by PwC in late 2020 found a positive change in employers’ attitudes toward working from home, with 83% saying the shift to remote work has been successful for their company.

MDA will continue to use the Quest content platform to keep the community informed on progress made through the new DEI Coalition’s collective efforts around facilitating steps toward the inclusive workplace.

[Source(s): Muscular Dystrophy Association, PR Newswire]