WI Annual Conference 2015

WI15 banner rev3

US technology giant Microsoft has launched a pilot program to hire autistic workers at its headquarters in Washington state.

'People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft,' Mary Ellen Smith, a corporate vice president wrote in a company blog last week.

'Each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code. It's a talent pool that we want to continue to bring to Microsoft!'

Australian not-for-profit disability service provider Northcott has launched a new subsidiary named Northcott Innovation. Described as a “radical new organisation,” the subsidiary will be dedicated to co-creating creative and unexpected solutions to support people with disability.

“We will work on projects and initiatives that make real improvements to inclusion by innovatively using equipment and technology, redesigning services and supports and driving social change,” said Northcott Innovation Executive Director Liz Forsyth.

The Workability International Conference 2015 will be hosted by Goodwill Industries International at the iconic Hotel del Coronado.

The call for abstracts process is now closed. Please register online for the conference.

Strengthening Communities Across the World – Focus on Personal and Organizational Health

Organizational health is critical to improving the lives of people with disabilities and to community development. Goodwill International and Workability International is looking to showcase organizations who have excelled in their own communities, and as a result, greatly benefited the lives of the people with disabilities they support.

Calling all photographers - Now is your chance to enter the Workability International Photo Competition 2015.

With great prizes on offer, get your entry in today! Photos must "tell a story" and should depict either a person or a group of people engaging in work or activities which is supported by your organisation.

Page 1 of 2