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• Scammers use personal email accounts like @yahoo.com, @gmail.com. Real employer email  addresses END with the company name like @starbucks.com, @walmart.com.
• Offered a check or direct deposit/asked for bank account information. NEVER give bank account numbers, routing information or money to anyone you don't know.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably isRead more tips. Read How to Tell if a Job is a Scam.  

As the 25th Anniversary of the ADA approaches, Marianjoy is hosting a business leaders breakfast sponsored by AbilityLinks.

Scott Hoesman, President of inQUEST Consulting will lead a panel discussion of experts from the disability and business community as they highlight some of the milestone accomplishments of this landmark legislation and discuss business strategies for fulfilling the promise of inclusion. 

Join us on May 19, 2015 at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, Wheaton, Illinois for this in-person event. Space is limited. Registration is requiredRegister today.

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is proud to partner with ADA 25 Chicago in recognition of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with this program. For more information, go to ADA 25 Chicago.

By Mark Williams

This encore presentation of a popular AbilityLinks webinar is about Impression Management, or self-presentation, how you can leverage self-presentation in the interview, and how you can think about voluntary disclosure of your disability for a variety of reasons. But we also are going to pay some  attention to how to leverage disclosure to cast your disability as an asset, to dispel some of the misperceptions and myths about disability that your interviewer may have, anyou're comfortable talking about it yourself.d to put your interviewer at ease talking about disability because, more than anything .

Listen to a recording or read a transcript of the webinar. Read more about Impression Management.

By Bill O'Connor
Donka Inc., based in Wheaton, IL., is a non-profit organization that provides computer training and job readiness services to persons with physical, visual and limited learning disabilities. Through use of computers and assistive technology, persons with disabilities become more self-sufficient and independentmembers of the community. Leanne Stavenger Vos is the Executive Director of Donka. who gave AbilityLinks this interview.

"Donka is a place that offers hope and gives our students and I Can attitude. When you become physically or visually challenged from a disabling disease or accident, your world is changed forever. We know that each person that comes to Donka is unique in their circumstances and can benefit from our training if they want to learn how to use a computer to increase their independence at home, school, or for use in the workplace", Ms. Stavenger Vos said. Read more.


By Amanda Fowler

 The interview process can be a nerve-wracking experience for any job-seeker, but people with disabilities can have extra concerns to deal with. Mark Williams, Consulting Director of the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network, presented a webinar in conjunction with AbilityLinks on February 26, 2015, tackling these very issues.

The webinar, called “Get the Job: Manage the Impression You and Your Disability Make During the Job Interview,” had 241 registrants, including both job-seekers and employers. The program was designed to inform job-seekers on what employers can and cannot ask; whether and how to disclose disability to one’s advantage; and how to manage one’s impression during an interview. Read more.

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Recognizing and Managing Interview Bias
While bias is intrinsic to human nature, organizations and interviewers should seek to understand bias, how it relates to disability, and how it can be addressed.

Not only to reduce the risk of litigation or noncompliance with regulations, a level playing field for jobseekers with disabilities contributes to the diversity that companies today recognize as a strategic imperative.

Project Implicit, based at Harvard University, offers a free, online assessment for individuals, called The Implicit Association Test, which reports on bias in a variety of areas including disability. Read More.

Founded by Marianjoy Rehabilityation Hospital, AbilityLinks is a nationwide, web-based community where qualified job seekers with disabilities and inclusive employers meet and gain access to valuable networking opportunities.

Job seekers who want to connect to employers by voluntarily self-identifying having a disability use AbilityLinks to post resumes and apply for jobs. No information about disability type is asked.

Federal contractors and equal opportunity employers seeking to identify qualified candidates with disabilities use AbilityLinks to post jobs and search resumes. 

AbilityLinks Information and Referral Counselors, that happen to have a disability, provide a caring human touch. Read more or contact us today!


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