Disability:IN North Carolina News

June 30, 2021
Disability:IN North Carolina

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 beth@disabilityin.org and Pat Keul at patkeul@yahoo.com .  
September 16, 2020
SBA North Carolina District Office

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 sba.gov, 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
#DisabilityAdvantage 2020 Annual Conference logo July 13th – 16th now virtual.

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:  https://disabilityin.org/annual-conference/2020-april-update/    
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
Presenters:
  • 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
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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: www.accenture.com/pwd. 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!!
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