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Employment of People with Disabilities with Nancy Miller

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Nancy D. Miller has worked with people of all ages who are blind and multi-disabled since 1971, and as Executive Director/CEO of VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired for over 30 years. Ms. Miller has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master of Science Degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She serves on the Board of Directors of LiveOn NY, Co-founder and Board Member of the Disabilities Network of NYC and Founding and Current President of the New York Vision Rehabilitation Association. She also serves on the New York City Department for the Aging Senior Advisory Committee and the Human Services Council Value-based Payment Commission and its Policy and Priorities Committee.

On our topic of discussion, she says, "Despite the passage of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities still find it difficult to land a job. Only 37% of people who are blind that want to work are employed. People with multiple disabilities, a growing segment of the population, have an even harder time.  National studies have shown that one major obstacle is the attitude of potential employers along with their discomfort with and misinformation about disability. Successful approaches to increase employment of people with disabilities start with employer needs, engage the employer in conversation about their hiring difficulties, listen to their concerns and offer solutions. Not every problem can be solved by hiring a person with a disability but often employers do not think that persons with disabilities make good employees. Every employee whether disabled or not should respond to an employer’s needs. How to overcome discomfort and misinformation among potential employers and how to prepare the person with a disability to ease the fear and discomfort of their potential employer is the topic of this podcast."

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