The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the SHRM Foundation, and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) announce a disability inclusion partnership to adapt the SHRM Foundation’s Employing Abilities at Work Certificate program and resource guide to serve California workplaces and Californians with disabilities.

The agreement, which is part of the DOR’s Demand Side Employment Initiative, was announced at the SHRM INCLUSION 2022 conference. INCLUSION 2022 brings together HR professionals and business leaders to discuss ways to mitigate bias, improve workplace culture, and boost employee satisfaction and business results.

By working with the SHRM Foundation, the California DOR seeks to encourage the recruitment, hiring, and retention of individuals with disabilities. The department will utilize Employing Abilities at Work content to embed disability inclusion into workplace curriculum at California’s community colleges and provide resources to employers and human resource professionals.

“As we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, I am delighted to bring together SHRM and the California DOR at INCLUSION 2022 for this announcement,” said SHRM Chief of Staff and Head of Government Affairs Emily M. Dickens. “The Department of Rehabilitation is helping Californians understand that disability must be discussed as part of inclusion, and the DOR is uniquely positioned to connect employers with untapped talent pools. SHRM is honored to be a part of these efforts.”

The partnership will result in a California-specific curriculum focused on the employment lifecycle of employing people with disabilities. It will be designed to educate learners on disability inclusion in the workplace, best practices throughout the employee lifecycle, and specific strategies and pathways to ensure success for Californians with disabilities in the workplace. 

“Our partnership with SHRM is one of several innovative ways we are engaging with the California business community to employ more people with disabilities,” said DOR Director Joe Xavier. “By educating employers and HR professionals about disability, we hope to connect businesses that are working to find talent in a tough job market with talented individuals who are often overlooked but want to work.”

[Source: Society for Human Resource Management]

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