Are you disabled and want to work? Do you have a child who is disabled and wants to work? If “yes” is the answer to either question then this report may be for you.
There is an organization called the Business Leadership Network that has created a “Youth to Work Coalition.”
This is a national organization that works on a business-to-business basis to get people who have disabilities employed.
Just because a person has a particular disability doesn’t automatically disqualify them from holding down a job.
Is there a problem? Yes there is. The national unemployment rate has climbed to about seven percent yet the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is about 50 percent.
The Youth to Work Coalition is far from a “something for nothing” organization.
Their objective is to be the “go-to” business of American business.
The Youth to Work Coalition uses job-shadowing, mentoring and internships to bring the disabled into the workplace.
It is necessary to keep in mind that these methods of teaching people how to work within a company are the cheapest way to indoctrinate them since the potential employee makes the biggest commitment and investment and yet the firm that is involved doesn’t have to make much of an investment at all.
What this yields for these businesses is work-based learning and a directory of model programs. It also creates a library of profiles of business and youths and resources on employment and disability.
Many times the executives that work within the organization are on loan from another company and are on their payroll.
Currently the Coalition represents 5,000 employers in 31 states and is making solid progress. What the organization asks of employers is simply to give disabled people a fair shot at employment.
So what should you do if you think the Youth to Work Coalition is for you? What is the first step? It is very simple.
Simply go to the homepage of Business Leadership Network. Look up in the right-hand corner and you will see “gettinghired.com.” Click on that and you will be taken to a page (I have linked to it) where you can apply and begin to have someone “go to bat” for you.
I should point out that everything is free and that includes information and the act of getting employment.
It shouldn’t be this way but some people are prejudiced. Some figure just because a person is disabled they can’t do anything. That is why the disabled need an advocate like the Business Leadership Network’s Youth to Work Coalition.
They couldn’t have a better one.