Readers respond to "Breaking the Sound Barrier"

By Gerry Crispin, ITworld.com |  Career

For every bright and hopeful anecdote describing the pioneering efforts of companies
like IBM, Microsoft, and many others, there are still a few dark alleys. Fortunately,
technology continues to solve most of the physical and communication obstacles. The
bright spots are growing brighter as knowledge resources for both employers and job
seekers become easier to find and access on the Web.

The Presidents Committee on Employment of
People with Disabilities
(PCEPD) lists hundreds of companies in 33 states that
encourage people with disabilities to apply for jobs. The PCEPD also supports business
leadership networks in each state. The California
Business Leaders Network
is one of these state networks and was mentioned by
several of our respondents. Its Website is a treasure trove of content for employers,
containing lists of participating companies, local events, best practices, and other
resources. We quickly followed one link to a free email to braille service, another to
a registry of interpreters for the deaf, and a third to an article from an outplacement
company offering advice on how to interview people with any one of half a dozen
disabilities.

Job boards focusing on the disabled are growing in both number and sophistication.
For years, Careers On-Line at the
University of Minnesota was the most notable. More recently, publishers, career hubs,
and nonprofit organizations have developed employment connections with sites like:

Additional resources that employers should become familiar with include:

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