the gap

between employment service professionals, job seekers with disabilities and business



The goal of the Diversity Partners project is to "repair the bridge" between labor supply and demand.

Online Toolboxes for Frontline Staff

  • Over a dozen modules in 6 topical areas
  • Self-assessment, guided learning, tools and resources

Resources & Tools for Organizational Leaders

  • Strategies to build a high quality employment program that is focsed on emloyer relationships
  • Worksheets and guides to help develop sustainable organizational change

Technical Assistance & Training

  • In-person or web-based
  • On demand from staff and faculty at Cornell's Yang-Tan Institute

“I believe [Diversity Partners] is a really innovative, up-to-date and necessary/valuable approach to the work we do and our constituents!”

– Employment Specialist at Capabilities, Inc., a disability service provider.


Workforce Development

Workforce development leaders and frontline staff can improve their ability to serve job seekers with disabilities well. The goal is to develop an “ideal pathway” for job seekers with disabilities through workforce development programs and services.

Disability Service Providers

Disability service providers can improve business acumen and messaging to employers, and improve their value proposition to the business community. Leaders can learn how to create organizational capacity for business partnership strategies.

Staffing Firms

Frontline staff will learn more about customers with disabilities, and the rights and responsibilities of job seekers and the employers of record. Leaders will learn why a pipeline of qualified candidates with disabilities may be a value-add for certain corporate clients.


Come join us for the following events:

  • JUNE 29 - JUNE 29, 2017 | ONLINE

    Including Job Seekers with Disabilities in the Workforce Development System: Implementing Section 188.

    JUNE 29, 2017 2:00PM EASTERN

    The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) has presented a new challenge to workforce development professionals: affirmatively recruit and offer services to more job seekers with disabilities. This webinar will highlight information from the Diversity Partners online modules that can help workforce development professionals achieve greater inclusion of job seekers with disabilities. Join Diversity Partners’ faculty Wendy Strobel Gower, and workforce development professionals Michelle Day of Frederick County, Maryland and Lanae Green of Region 16 in Burlington, Iowa to discuss the requirements of Section 188, and review strategies for building a more inclusive workforce development system at the local level.

    1 credit hour of CRCs offered

    To register, visit

Visit our archive page for recordings and downloadable materials from previous events