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Newsletter – September 2008 (page 9)

Newsletter – September 2008 (page 9)

NEWS YOU CAN USE

These items were brought to our attention by our members:

Jim Musarra has dedicated his life to furthering the field of professional management through education and training. After spending 20 years as a manager and executive he entered academia where he was a Participating Professor at Florida International University (FIU). For the past four years he has been providing corporate training, individual and team consulting & advice, and performance improvement. His primary focus is to help companies achieve tangible outcomes through practical tools and strong implementation assistance. Every effort is made to exceed clients’ expectations with responsive and personalized service.

In 1995, when one of his sons became physically disabled, Jim became an advocate for the disabled. He is a member of Access Now, Inc.® and of the Business Leadership Network (BLN). BLN is a national organization which recognizes and promotes best practices in hiring, retaining, and marketing to people with disabilities. It uses a “business to business” approach to educate, promoting the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce. Among other things, he has advised the Office of Disability Services at Florida International University. He uses his expertise to consult and advise all manner of business and organizations in disabled employee diversity issues with special emphasis on Title I.

With that in mind, he has developed a training program: Hiring and Managing Persons with Disabilities. This program addresses Title I of the ADA which requires equal employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities. Designed with managers and HR professionals in mind, this program addresses three important areas:

Module I – attitudes towards persons with disabilities are discussed – origins of these attitudes and solutions are explored.

Module II – principals of and practices for hiring and managing persons with disabilities are examined.

Module III – investigation of ADA with the intent of gaining full knowledge of this act – Title I is given particular emphasis.

Contact Mr. Musarra to learn more about this program and other services provided.
(305) 790-2537 ● P.O. Box 972745, Miami FL 33197 ●
musarrajp@yahoo.com


New member Lisa Ashby alerted us to a website dedicated to cruise passengers with disabilities. CruiseCritic.com has a section devoted to helping disabled passengers find the best value both before and after they board the ship. Access Now® is featured quite prominently in this section. You can find the “Cruising with a Disability” section at http://www.cruisecritic.com/cruisestyles/articles.cfm?ID=9.


We hope that the foregoing has helped you to achieve a fuller understanding of our work. Although much has been done, much more needs to be done. The population of the U.S. has just recently grown to 300,000,000 people and, given the ever growing percentage of those with disabilities, the need for greater and further reaching compliance with the A.D.A. continues to make itself all the more obvious and necessary. It is our fervent hope to continue to take part in this effort. With your help and encouragement we shall persevere in making ever-greater strides in that direction.

“ACCESS NOW”® OPERATES ENTIRELY ON PRIVATE CONTRIBUTIONS. WE HOPE THAT YOU SHARE OUR ENTHUSIASM FOR OUR WORK AND THAT YOU MIGHT BE
MOVED TO MAKE A DONATION TO HELP US CONTINUE. IT WOULD BE DEEPLY APPRECIATED!

Access Now, Inc.®
Phyllis F. Resnick, President

"Newsletter – September 2008" table of contents

  1. Newsletter – September 2008
  2. AND NOW, THE UPDATE
  3. A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF OUR LITIGATION
  4. Just comply with ADA and he'll 'go away'
  5. GOVERNMENTAL NEWS
  6. Steve Gold’s Treasured Nuggets of Information
  7. Steve Gold, The Disability Odyssey continues.
  8. Airlines tackle wheelchair need
  9. NEWS YOU CAN USE