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October 25, 2010. National leader in recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities for professional positions in the public and private sectors Headquartered.

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1 October 25, 2010

2 National leader in recruitment and hiring of people with disabilities for professional positions in the public and private sectors Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA with a national network Chair, national Epilepsy Foundation; secretary, American Association of People with Disabilities Host of Disability Matters with Joyce Bender, on on Tuesdays at 2 PM ET October 25, 2010

3 Six month contract-to-hire process Bender employee success – nearly 90 percent High retention – only 2 percent of Bender referrals left their jobs Formal Programs Bender Career Reality Training – pre-employment training Bender Ambassador Program – alumni group Bender Lead On Team – high-school and college students with disabilities … advocacy … networking … anti-bullying October 25, 2010

4 Bureau of Labor Statistics – 78.4 % of people with disabilities are not in the labor force, compared to 30.1% of the non- disabled population – September 2010 Recent activity supporting employment of people with disabilities: Executive Order – Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities October 25, 2010

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7 Bender Consulting partners with private sector and public sector employers to: Increase employment of people with disabilities. Promote a culture of self-identification and inclusion of people with disabilities. Private sector partners – Highmark, Bayer Corporation, CSC, HCSC, WellPoint, Marsh and others Federal agency partners – NSA; OPM; FAA; NAVSUP October 25, 2010

8 IT/Computer Science Finance/Accounting Business Admin HR Engineering Legal Mathematics Customer Support Healthcare Languages Criminal Justice Logistics General Sciences Cyber Security Contracts October 25, 2010

9 Commitment from executive leadership, including champions across multiple disciplines in the organization Qualified pool of candidates with disabilities Process to match candidates based on qualifications and interest areas to the requirements of the specific career opportunity Assignment of a mentor Support and advice of Bender manager for employee and customer, throughout the six-month contract period Knowledge of accessibility and accommodations (partnership with JAN) October 25, 2010

10 Inclusion of disability in the overall diversity strategy Creation of an employee resource group focused on people with disabilities Support of programs such as Disability Mentoring Day and on- going mentoring programs for youth with disabilities, such as the Bender Lead On Team at CSC, Bayer Corporation, and Lanxess Focus on skills and performance … not lowering the bar Participation in local and national disability-focused activities, such as AAPD, JAN and ATIA. October 25, 2010

11 Disability awareness begins when people with disabilities are hired. People with disabilities self-identify and share positive employment messages when the work environment is welcoming. October 25, 2010

12 Determine position requirements Recruit candidates with disabilities Interview candidates Check references Require completion of extensive application Qualified candidates with disabilities Academic background Key skills and experience Geographic area Background check musts Complete work history Project accomplishments Skills inventory October 25, 2010

13 Bender candidate pool Bender website Disability Matters radio show Disability Matters radio show Direct recruitment Colleges and universities Colleges and universities Employee and ambassador referrals Employee and ambassador referrals Speaking engagements Social media Bender Lead On Team Bender Lead On Team Vocational rehabilitation Vocational rehabilitation Disability services organizations Disability services organizations October 25, 2010

14 Skills Screening FactorsFit Screening Factors Education QPA Degree Experience Position requirements match Education QPA Degree Experience Position requirements match Position preferences Geographic preferences Attitude Flexibility Responsiveness Desire to do the job Position preferences Geographic preferences Attitude Flexibility Responsiveness Desire to do the job October 25, 2010

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16 Joyce Bender CEO/President Mary Brougher Executive Vice President October 25, 2010


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