If you are familiar with Lifetime Networks, you are probably also familiar with the Best Buddies program. Lifetime Networks works with the University of Victoria to match student volunteers with community members with disabilities to facilitate friendships throughout the school year. But you might not be aware that Best Buddies International also has a Jobs Program, and puts a lot of emphasis into promoting inclusive employment practices!
As part of their focus on employment, they launched an initiative to encourage employers to support and adopt inclusive hiring practices. I’m In To Hire asks employers and others to pledge their support for inclusive workplaces and the benefits of hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Additionally, you can download a free copy of the “Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” report that Best Buddies produced in partnership with the Institute for Corporate Productivity. This is a great resource for employers who might still be on the fence about hiring people with disabilities or diverse abilities.
Here is a brief info-graphic teaser of some of the information contained in the report. Check out the full report, and share with any employers you know!