Bridging
the gap

between employment service professionals, job seekers with disabilities and business

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WHAT IS DIVERSITY PARTNERS?

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.

WHO SHOULD USE DIVERSITY PARTNERS?

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.

EVENTS

Come join us for the following events:

  • JUNE 06 - JUNE 08, 2018 | 24 GIDEON PUTNAM RD. SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866

    Partners in Employment Summit

    Please attend one of our training's at the New York State Alliance for Inclusion & Innovation's event, "Partners in Employment Summit." Ellice Switzer will be presenting "Employer Engagement and Work Based Learning" on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 10:15am. Wendy Strobel Gower will be presenting, "Diversity Hiring & How Providers Should Assist Businesses!" on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 3:45pm. And Diversity Partners Team, Ellice Switzer, Jeffrey Tamburo, and Wendy Strobel Gower will be presenting at the last General Session of the conference on "Multi-Partner Planning to Improve Business Engagement: The Diversity Partners Model" on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:30am. The Partners in Employment Summit will provide a wide array of sessions over 2.5 days to educate, advocate and promote how in New York there is a need to engage businesses – for profit and not for profit – school districts and transition specialists – general and special ed – labor workforce development – local and state systems - and community rehabilitation providers – regionally and statewide to work together and build a system that can and will assist any New Yorker – with or without disabilities – to be employed! Leading this charge are partners in Employment First - the New York Alliance, Our Ability Alliance/NYS Business Leadership Network, NYATEP, NYS APSE and the Yang Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University.
  • JUNE 26 - JUNE 28, 2018 | DISNEY'S CORONADO SPRINGS RESORT, LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA

    National APSE, Imagination Drives Transformation

    Diversity Partners will be exhibiting and presenting at the National APSE conference. More information to follow.

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