NCBLN Business Blog

November 28, 2022

Charlotte Talks and WFAE’s EQUALibrium present a public conversation on disability awareness and accessibility in Charlotte

DI-NC’s Pat Keul joined Mike Collins of WFAE Radio to explore what Charlotte might look like if it was accessible to all people. Pat is joined by co-panelists Terry Bradley, Deputy Director and ADA Coordinator for the City of Charlotte, and Judith Brown, Founder and Executive Director of 70Forward.
June 30, 2021

CALL FOR PROPOSALS for “Everybody WORKS in 2021”: The Role of a Disability Employment Community Collaborative”

Sponsored by Cardinal Innovations Healthcare & Trane Technologies Disability:IN North Carolina will hold a virtual celebration of innovative employment strategies featuring individuals with disabilities and their employers and service provides on October 5th as part of our two-day 2021 Fall Conference.  The October 5th event sponsor is Cardinal Innovations Healthcare.  This event is ideal for Community Rehabilitation Program (CRP) leadership and staff, Managed Care Organization leadership and staff,  job coaches,  care coordinators, people with disabilities,  policy makers, teacher educators, special educators, parents, and other advocates. The event will focus on innovative employment strategies that are being used across North Carolina to promote full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce.  As a strategic partner of DI-NC, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare is sponsoring the Everybody WORKS in 2021: The Role of  a Disability Employment Community Collaborative to expand access to best practices in disability inclusion across North Carolina.  We are inviting employment providers from across the state to apply to present at the Everybody Works conference on October 5, 2021.  Thanks to Trane Technologies for providing the technical platform to manage this virtual event.   Please submit your proposals via e-mail to  Beth Butler Fadel at and Pat Keul at .  
September 16, 2020

U.S. Small Business Administration Alert: The U. S. Small Business Administration Warns Loan Applicants to Beware of Email Phishing Scams

The U.S. Small Business Administration is sending a cyber warning alert to loan applicants seeking federal aid in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Email phishing campaigns where malicious actors are impersonating the SBA and its Office of Disaster Assistance to collect personally identifiable information (PII) for fraudulent purposes have surfaced. The SBA is particularly concerned about scam emails targeting applicants of the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program asking them to verify their accounts using a third-party online platform to collect personally identifiable information. It should be noted that any email communication from the SBA will come from email accounts ending in, and nothing more. Loan applicants are being advised to look out for email scams and phishing attacks using the SBA logo. These may be attempts to obtain PII, access personal banking accounts, or install ransomware or malware. Applicants are also advised to help protect their identity and privacy by never providing their full name, date of birth, social security number, address, phone numbers, email addresses, case numbers, or any other PII in public-facing comments or responses to third-party emails. The SBA will not use a third-party platform to: Actively seek PII Search a third-party platform for or by PII, or “Follow” public users proactively without a waiver. Borrowers who are in the process of applying for an SBA loan and receive email correspondence asking for PII are cautioned to ensure that any application numbers referenced in the email are consistent with their actual application number. Loan applicants and borrowers are also advised not to click on any links or open any attachments, which are often used in phishing email scams. Additionally, federal agencies that provide disaster recovery assistance will never ask for a fee or payment to apply for financial assistance, and government employees do not […]
May 11, 2020

DisabilityIN NC 2020 Wellness@Work

May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Watch DI-NC’s Wellness@Work Virtual Event!! On May 4th, Disability:IN NC hosted keynote Dr. Thomas Dooley as he presented insights on the Opioid Crisis and potential solutions, including his own research that led toward an alternative therapy for anxiety disorders. He also discussed the mental health ramifications of the current COVID-19 Crisis. Thanks Cris Rogers for the video. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
April 24, 2020

Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo goes VIRTUAL

      After much consideration, Disability:IN and its Board of Directors have decided the 2020 Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo will now be a Virtual Event during the same dates, July 13-16th.  For more information:    
April 13, 2020

2020 Affiliate Call Series | April Topic: Helping your Members respond to COVID-19

Friday, April 24, 1:00-2:00pm EST Call in number: 202-871-8736 (no passcode needed) It is during challenging times we must fall back on our values and mission - to support and empower companies to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the federal resources available from EEOC, ODEP, EARN
  2. Review Disability:IN COVID-19 Response Series
  3. Hear from other Affiliates on their response & open discussion
  • Derek Shields, Corporate Disability Inclusion Consultant at Disability:IN
  • Beth Butler, Executive Director at Disability:IN North Carolina
  • Cassy Beckman, Consultant at Disability:IN Minnesota
  • Darla Wilkerson, Executive Director at Disability:IN Greater Kansas City
November 13, 2018

People With Disabilities Out perform Their Peers

By Beth Butler, Executive Director, Disability:IN North Carolina As the Executive Director of Disability:IN North Carolina I am proud to share with you that on October 29th, 2018, Accenture, in partnership with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) published a groundbreaking report that confirms companies that are inclusive of talent with disabilities outperform their peers. FINALLY,  a report that confirms the business case many of our member companies have experienced for years. The study reveals four key actions that organizations can take to attract, hire, retain and advance diverse talent: Employ: Organizations must ensure that persons with disabilities are represented in their workplace. Beyond hiring, employers should implement practices that encourage and progress persons with disabilities. Enable: Leaders must provide employees with disabilities with accessible tools and technology and/or a formal accommodations program. Engage: To foster an inclusive culture, organizations must generate awareness-building — through recruitment efforts, disability education programs and grassroots-led efforts (for example, an employee resource group).  Empower: Organizations must create empowering environments for employees with disabilities through mentoring and coaching initiatives, as well as through skilling/re-skilling programs, to ensure that they continue to advance and thrive. This research further validates that companies leveraging the DEI have also achieved significant performance improvements. It’s time for more companies to use this tool to their advantage. Please read the report and share it with your networks: One question remains, “Are you IN?”   Join us in 2019 as a member/sponsor of Disability:IN North Carolina and begin the journey to disability inclusion for all!!
July 9, 2017

Coaching for Inclusion: A Whole Person Accommodation

By S.Barton Cutter Originally printed in In recent years, much emphasis has been placed on hiring and retaining talented professionals with disabilities. And, great strides have been made to provide reasonable accommodations where needed to ensure these individuals are able to perform their jobs optimally. For years, however, success in the professional realm has been linked to an employee’s ability to minimize, or outright hide their need for accommodation. And despite recent efforts to shift this perception from a sign of weakness to enhanced efficiency, unconscious bias still remains. This is true both on the employers end, and on the parts of professional with a disability. Today, we have an opportunity to shift the paradigm from viewing accommodations solely as an individual need, to a call for inclusive culture. Through this lens, accommodations become the means to enhance engagement and collaboration across organizations while still empowering the individual with the tools needed to excel. A central component to creating this inclusive culture for organizations is the capacity to self-reflect. And, coaching can be crucial in setting the stage for this skill. I see this regularly in my role as accessibility consultant with The Coaches Training Institute and in my own coaching practice. Co-Active Coaching holds that how you show up is as important as what you do. In designing accommodations, this means not only addressing what professionals need to perform, but also exploring the softer elements of fostering engagement, expression, and collaboration. Thus the focus of accommodation design broadens to empowering the team as a whole. Engaging inclusion within your organization starts with three easy steps. Establishing Agreements In inviting our colleagues to articulate their own vision for how the culture could better support them to thrive in their work, they can collectivity design agreements about how the team […]
February 6, 2017

How Executive Sponsors Can Support Disability ERGs/BRGs

By Nereida (Neddy) Perez NCLBN Board Member and Principal of D&I Creative Solutions ­For more than 58% of corporations, nonprofit and government agencies with Diversity & Inclusion programs in place, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)/Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are at the heart of their corporate culture transformation. These groups were originally created to help support diversity awareness and enable safe conversations on race, gender, gender orientation and disability topics to take place. Many of these groups are volunteer based and report into the company’s diversity &inclusion office. ERGs/BRGs have in past been crucial to identifying and growing the leadership skills of employees, recruiting talent, connecting and uncovering new market niches to position products and services and serving as advocates for policy and process changes. Normally, ERGs/BRGs are provide with an executive/corporate sponsor to help coach and guide the group within the company. The sponsors are selected from the company’s executive leadership team and often report directly to the CEO or President of the business. What is your role as an executive/corporate sponsor? Executive Sponsors are critical to the success of ERGs/BRGS because they serve as advocates within the company to help advance understand about disabilities. They also serve as a coach to the employees who have volunteered to serve on the leadership committee of the ERG/BRG. As a coach, the executive sponsor, can help employees understand the company’s policies processes, business strategy and how to navigate the corporate culture to advocate for internal change or help connect with customers. On a personal level, the ERGs/BRGs provide an excellent opportunity to learn and connect with employees who are helping the company meet its business goals. Executive sponsors are often expected to participate in community activities as spokespeople and/or attend internal events in a leadership capacity. It is okay to be uncomfortable & […]