the gap

between employment service professionals, job seekers with disabilities and business



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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 employer 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:

  • MAY 21 - MAY 21, 2019 | WEBINAR

    Webinar: What do we know? Employer Engagement Lessons from the Diversity Partners Project

    The Diversity Partners Project engaged in a two-year effort to uncover effective employer engagement practices for employment service professionals and organizations. This session shares information gathered by the Diversity Partners team that became the basis for web-based Frontline and Leadership Toolboxes. Individuals participating in the webinar will learn: • What the literature tells us about effective employer engagement, and where evidence may be lacking. • The results of more than 30 interviews about employer relationships, from professionals in community-based disability agencies, vocational rehabilitation, and workforce development in four states. Employer perspectives on effective employer engagement; gleaned from in-person convening, surveys, and employers who served in an ongoing advisory capacity to the project. Webinar, May 21, 2019 2:00pm EST, 1 hour in length. CRC credit and certificates of completion offered. To register:

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