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Bridges Advisory Services

Lowe’s Supply Chain Executive Steve Szilagyi on Working with NOD


In 2010, NOD partnered with Lowe’s, the world’s second largest home improvement retailer, to pilot our Bridges Advisory Services in several of the company’s regional distribution centers.

Bridges Advisory Services is an ongoing initiative to help employers to effectively recruit, hire, train, and retain job-seekers with disabilities. The program also assists agencies that provide job training and placement services to jobseekers with disabilities work more effectively with businesses. See what our partners are saying about Bridges.

Background

Employers frequently report difficulty accessing candidates with disabilities, and service providers often lack an understanding of business’ labor force needs. As a result, nearly 80% of the 29 million working-aged Americans with disabilities lack employment or are underemployed. Bridges leverages NOD’s connections to corporate America to help effectively employ those jobseekers with disabilities.

Strategy

Bridges Advisory Services takes a business-driven approach to employment for people with disabilities. With a focus on the needs, goals, and vision of employers, NOD works with employers to:

  • Increase the number of employees with disabilities within employers’ facilities
  • Make the retention rate of people with disabilities within workplaces equal to or greater than non-disabled colleagues
  • Ensure that people with disabilities receive promotion and advancement at a rate comparable to their co-workers without disabilities

Publications & Webinars

NOD regularly disseminates our findings to employers, human resource and diversity managers, service providers, researchers and the community in the form of updates on our progress with our corporate partners and business leaders, presentations at conferences, webinars and white paper publications. A selection of our Bridges publications and topics on leading employment practices include:

Evaluation of NOD's Bridges to Business Program Cover

Image of Report Cover

Identifying and Selecting a Community Rehabilitation Provider Cover

Evaluation of Bridges Program by Rutgers

Planning for Change: OFCCP Forum

Identifying a Community Rehabilitation Partner

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