NJBIA, along with industry stakeholders, is presenting a free online program Thursday about hiring and on-the-job training opportunities for individuals with disabilities, including the resources available to employees and their employers through disability advocate organizations and the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Attendees will hear from three panels of employers, job coaches and workers with disabilities about the process of navigating on-the-job training and the successful outcomes they have experienced. Panelists include representatives of nonprofit organizations that work to enrich the lives and skills of people with disabilities, including Easterseals New Jersey, Spectrum Works, and Arc of New Jersey, as well as private employers who have partnered with them.

Representatives from the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development will also be on hand to discuss apprenticeships and the programs offered through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, which provides job placement, supported employment services and more. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions after the panel discussions conclude.

The one-hour online event, “Hiring and On-the-Job Training for Individuals with Disabilities,” begins at 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 18. To register, go here.

NJBIA has been a staunch supporter of legislative efforts to promote and advance the inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the workplace. NJBIA has also worked to bring success stories about inclusive hiring practices to its members, including a 2021 online seminar in which private employers shared their positive experiences employing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the valuable contributions they have made to their companies.