KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting in Columbus,
Ohio, on September 25th -- the same day President Bush is slated to sign
the much anticipated ADA Amendments Act of 2008 into law -- persons with
disabilities, their service providers and potential employers will learn
first-hand about an innovative, national employment collaborative dedicated
to persons with disabilities.
Developed by The Sierra Group Foundation, the One More Way
collaborative will be a central focus of a ten-city, ten-week national tour
that will help introduce the initiative's revolutionary approach to
increasing employment among workers and veterans with disabilities.
"Given that Americans with disabilities represent the largest pool of
untapped labor in our country, we are thrilled that the start of our
national tour happens to coincide with the momentous event of the signing
of the ADA Amendments Act," said Sierra Group Foundation Chair, Janet
Fiore. "This legislation will help provide more accommodations for more
American workers with disabilities, which mirrors the similarly inclusive
nature of the One More Way initiative."
The introduction of The Sierra Group Foundation's One More Way national
employment collaborative, officially launched earlier this year in
Washington, D.C., will be the focal point of the two-month tour. The
collaborative's unique approach to increasing employment among workers with
disabilities is based on its 'open source' philosophy: Employment will
increase if there is an easier way for persons with disabilities, agencies
and employers large and small to connect with each other. By becoming a One
More Way member, these varied groups become part of a larger entity, with
unprecedented access to more employment opportunities, resumes and support.
"The One More Way collaborative came about as a response to business,
service providers and job seekers with disabilities -- particularly
veterans -- who voiced that they were having difficulty getting connected,"
said Fiore. "The '10 Cities -- 10 Weeks' tour quickly developed as our best
and fastest way to invite large groups of interested parties to become
members and join with us as we answer this urgent call for employment
Hosted by speakers from The Sierra Group Foundation, the national
tour's itinerary includes audience-specific training sessions that
highlight innovative technologies, ADA-related accessibility/compliance
strategies and a call to membership for all. The tour program includes:
-- Free membership to the One More Way collaborative and access to the
developing Job Board, sponsored by Diversity, Inc.
-- Training in the use of the "Search for One More Way" customized
disability/employment search tool, powered by Google(R)
-- Federal and state employment incentive information; and
-- Tele-Seminars for agencies, job seekers, and businesses both large and
"Synergy and relationships are the hallmark of Sierra Group's work to
date; we're just taking the concept to the next level," said Fiore.
"It's exciting for me as an entrepreneur to be able to give away
valuable information that I've earned in my own work, and to see it
re-purposed to help others work," Fiore added. "Moreover, the support is
catching on and other corporate leaders from businesses such as Diversity,
Inc., CVS, Washington Mutual UCB, Inc., and RecruitMilitary are all on
board helping to sponsor and support this widening circle of connection.
Together, we can and will drive up employment for Americans with
September 25 -- Columbus, Ohio
October 3 -- Wellesley, Massachusetts
October 8 -- Portland, Oregon
October 17 -- Dublin, Ohio
October 18 -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
October 25 -- St. Louis, Missouri
November 1 -- Bensalem, Pennsylvania
November 3 -- Lancaster, Pennsylvania
November 20 -- Syracuse, New York
November 21 -- Jacksonville, Florida
One More Way is an 'open source' program of The Sierra Group
Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 Non-Profit organization dedicated to driving up
employment for Americans with Disabilities, http://www.onemoreway.org.
SOURCE The Sierra Group Foundation