As Labor Day weekend approaches, the disability community has a lot to celebrate. 343,483 more people with disabilities
Ron Painter talked about an increased focus on credentials and competence in the hiring process, which means there is a “tremendous opportunity for individuals [with disabilities] to first demonstrate competency and then the rest of the individual.” Painter also believes that automation has “tremendous potential” to level the playing field.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to RespectAbility for sharing this blog which originally appeared here.
Lauren Appelbaum is Communications Director at RespectAbility, a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. She brings more than 10 years of experience in strategic and crisis communications, writing, video and web production, news gathering and social media to the disability agenda. Appelbaum has published hundreds of articles on the intersection of disability, employment, Hollywood and politics. Appelbaum currently oversees RespectAbility’s outreach to Hollywood to stand up against ableism and other prejudice – while promoting positive, accurate, diverse and inclusive media portrayals on TV and in film. She also manages the #PwDsVote political outreach and the #RespectTheAbility stigma and social media campaigns, covering companies’ best practices in recruiting and employing people with disabilities. In addition, she supervises several Communications Fellows through RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program.
RespectAbility’s Eric Ascher and Lily Cantor also contributed to this article.