Historically, people with disabilities in America have found themselves excluded from the mainstream of society, often institutionalized and denied public services.
Significant legislative efforts such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) have enlightened society on the rights and needs of citizens with disabilities.
Recent reports indicate that many employers are aware that the Americans with Disabilities Act is good for business and that corporate profits are tied to contributions made by a diverse workforce that includes workers with disabilities.
The greatest challenge still faced by most recruiters is finding qualified applicants with disabilities through their regular recruitment efforts.
Helping The Disabled Rise In The WorkPlace
The GOBLN uses an Employer-to-Employer model to promote the business imperative to include people with disabilities in the workforce. Our mission is to increase employment of people with disabilities in the Greater Orlando geographic areas. Businesses join our network to learn how to expand their diversity recruiting efforts to include people with disabilities - not as a social model, but as a business case to recruit talent and better serve their customers. Our success is measured in the workplace, marketplace, supplier chain and the economy.
The GOBLN is one of over 60 affiliates of our Parent Organization, USBLN® which is the national disability organization, representing over 5,000 employers across North America.
The BLN was established as a national initiative of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities in 1994. The program hinges on a fundamental premise that success breeds success, and that when employers get together to discuss the benefits to their organizations of hiring job candidates with disabilities, other employers are inspired to do the same.
The Greater Orlando Business Leadership Network (BLN) has been formed to promote the best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities throughout the Greater Orlando area. Thru monthly meetings, education projects and awareness events, the GOBLN looks forward to fostering a business concern and strategy with the initiative to enable the entry of the disabled candidates into the workforce.
· Based in data through 2009, in Florida 9.7% (1,071,481) of the population ages 18 to 64 has a disability.
· 32% of the total (1,071,481) are employed.
· Current employment rates (thru 7/2010) 21.2% of persons with disabilities are employed compared to 70.2% of persons without disabilities.
· Current unemployment rates (thru 7/2010) 16.8% of persons with disabilities are unemployed compared to 9% of persons without disabilities.
· Median earnings of $17,974 with a disability compared to $26,416 without a disability.
· In the US, current employment rates (thru 7/2010) 21.2% of persons with disabilities are employed compared to 70.2% of persons without disabilities.
· In the US, current unemployment rates (thru 7/2010) 16.8% of persons with disabilities are unemployed compared to 9% of persons without disabilities.