KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Sept. 24 Starting in Columbus, Ohio,on September 25th -- the same day President Bush is slated to sign the muchanticipated ADA Amendments Act of 2008 into law -- persons with disabilities,their service providers and potential employers will learn first-hand about aninnovative, national employment collaborative dedicated to persons withdisabilities.
Developed by The Sierra Group Foundation, the One More Way collaborativewill be a central focus of a ten-city, ten-week national tour that will helpintroduce the initiative's revolutionary approach to increasing employmentamong workers and veterans with disabilities.
"Given that Americans with disabilities represent the largest pool ofuntapped labor in our country, we are thrilled that the start of our nationaltour happens to coincide with the momentous event of the signing of the ADAAmendments Act," said Sierra Group Foundation Chair, Janet Fiore. "Thislegislation will help provide more accommodations for more American workerswith disabilities, which mirrors the similarly inclusive nature of the OneMore Way initiative."
The introduction of The Sierra Group Foundation's One More Way nationalemployment collaborative, officially launched earlier this year in Washington,D.C., will be the focal point of the two-month tour. The collaborative'sunique approach to increasing employment among workers with disabilities isbased on its 'open source' philosophy: Employment will increase if there is aneasier way for persons with disabilities, agencies and employers large andsmall to connect with each other. By becoming a One More Way member, thesevaried groups become part of a larger entity, with unprecedented access tomore employment opportunities, resumes and support.
"The One More Way collaborative came about as a response to business,service providers and job seekers with disabilities -- particularly veterans-- who voiced that they were having difficulty getting connected," said Fiore."The '10 Cities -- 10 Weeks' tour quickly developed as our best and fastestway to invite large groups of interested parties to become members and joinwith us as we answer this urgent call for employment assistance."
Hosted by speakers from The Sierra Group Foundation, the national tour'sitinerary includes audience-specific training sessions that highlightinnovative technologies, ADA-related accessibility/compliance strategies and acall to membership for all. The tour program includes:
"Synergy and relationships are the hallmark of Sierra Group's work todate; we're just taking the concept to the next level," said Fiore.
"It's exciting for me as an entrepreneur to be able to give away valuableinformation that I've earned in my own work, and to see it re-purposed to helpothers work," Fiore added. "Moreover, the support is catching on and othercorporate leaders from businesses such as Diversity, Inc., CVS, WashingtonMutual UCB, Inc., and RecruitMilitary are all on board helping to sponsor andsupport this widening circle of connection. Together, we can and will drive upemployment for Americans with disabilities."
One More Way is an 'open source' program of The Sierra Group Foundation, a501 (c) 3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to driving up employment forAmericans with Disabilities, http://www.onemoreway.org.-- Free membership to the One More Way collaborative and access to the developing Job Board, sponsored by Diversity, Inc. -- Training in the use of the "Search for One More Way" customized disability/employment search tool, powered by Google(R) -- Federal and state employment incentive information; and -- Tele-Seminars for agencies, job seekers, and businesses both large and small
SOURCE The Sierra Group Foundation