NOD works with foundations, government agencies, employers, and researchers to design new programs that address employment issues for people with disabilities. Program topics range from universal design, to flexible work arrangements, to transitioning students with disabilities from high school to the workforce.
In some cases our program design work leads to demonstration programs, such as our Bridges to Business program. In another case, the result is ongoing service delivery, as NOD continues to coordinate our 16 year-old Start on Success student internship program. The Add Us In project combines our program design and delivery experience to introduce small business owners to the undiscovered pool of talent that is comprised of people with disabiltities and to support the employer and the employee to make the relationship successful.
NOD Program Design Projects
Bridges to Business is an ongoing collaboration with corporations across the nation to design effective approaches to recruiting, training, and retaining career-seekers with disabilities.
The Add Us In project is a new initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The project serves small businesses in northern New Jersey and New York City, including small LGBTI-, minority-, and women-owned businesses, who seek to build a more inclusive workplace by hiring and promoting New Jersey residents with disabilities.
Start on Success (SOS) is an innovative transition from school-to-work program, which gives high school students with disabilities workplace experience while educating employers about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.