Starkloff Disability Institute http://news.stlpublicradio.org en St. Louis Nonprofit Highlights New Disability Employment Rule http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-nonprofit-highlights-new-disability-employment-rule <p>Disability rights advocates in St. Louis are highlighting new federal rules that aim to open more job opportunities to people with disabilities. Starting Monday, federal contractors are required to work toward a goal of 7 percent disabled employees in their workforce.</p><p>The unemployment rate for people with disabilities is about twice that of other adults.</p><p>David Newburger, co-founder of the Starkloff Disability Institute, says many employers are still hesitant to hire people with disabilities because of some common misconceptions.</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 13:11:40 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 34657 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Nonprofit Highlights New Disability Employment Rule Commentary: Disability Employment Should Not Be A 'Special' Issue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-disability-employment-should-not-be-special-issue <p class="p1"><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a speech sponsored by the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://starkloff.org/s/">Starkloff</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://starkloff.org/s/"> Disability Institute</a>, the assistant secretary of labor and head of the Office of Disability Employment Policy spells out why hiring people with disabilities makes good sense. The remarks have been edited for length and clarity.</span></em></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 23:09:51 +0000 Kathleen Martinez 32136 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Disability Employment Should Not Be A 'Special' Issue Starkloff Disability Institute Works To Overcome Obstacles To Hiring People With Disabilities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/starkloff-disability-institute-works-overcome-obstacles-hiring-people-disabilities <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-4d5f6ea3-c2e5-29f8-2e39-350f5d000d03" style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">For Colleen Starkloff and her husband Max, advocating for people with disabilities has always been about helping them gain independence. When they founded Paraquad in St. Louis 45 years ago, their goal was to enable people with disabilities to live independently. </span></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 22:44:55 +0000 Camille Phillips 30715 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Starkloff Disability Institute Works To Overcome Obstacles To Hiring People With Disabilities