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Default Bike Ride to Promote the Employment of People with Disabilit

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With the U.S. employment rate of people with disabilities at 20%, Jeff Klare, CEO of Hire Disability Solutions, a national leader in increasing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, will undertake a 300 mile bike ride from New York to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of the need for greater corporate hiring of workers with disabilities.

The “Opportunity for Success Ride” will commence at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on Sunday, October 1, the first day of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and conclude in Washington, D.C. on October 6th. Upon arriving in Washington, D.C., Klare will deliver an “Appeal for Inclusion” to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help raise awareness of the need for greater hiring of individuals with disabilities by corporations.

The ride is also being conducted to benefit several nonprofit organizations:

The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes, an organization created to assist severely wounded and disabled Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families;

The East Coast Greenway, a user transportation and recreation trail network connecting major urban centers along the east coast of the United States from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Florida;

The National Organization on Disability, which works to expand the participation and contribution of America’s 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.;

The National Disability Rights Network, a nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities.

The American Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides early detection education and screening services to those in need no matter what age, race, sex, or financial challenge

Hire Disability Solutions is encouraging individuals to help promote the hiring of those with disabilities by donating to these organizations whose activities promote such inclusion.

Specifically, the “Appeal for Inclusion” to be presented in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce calls for:

Corporate America to devote all necessary resources to promote the inclusion of individuals with disabilities;

Corporations to educate themselves on disability issues;

Decision makers to become more informed about and implement employment practices that provide equal opportunity to all job seekers, including people with disabilities;

The job selection process to focus on finding the person who has the ability to perform a job, rather than focusing on a disability.

Klare, whose ride will take him through cities ranging from Philadelphia to Baltimore, is calling for members of the disabled community, as well as socially conscious citizens, to join him along his planned route for whatever portion of the ride they would like to undertake. Additionally, Klare will be collecting resumes from individuals with disabilities in each town he is scheduled to make a stop in. These resumes will then be posted on the Hire Disability Solutions website Career Center to help facilitate opportunities for employment. The Career Center, which is powered by Monster®, the leading global online careers and recruitment resource, also provides search tools and career content, courtesy of Monster.

Individuals can show their support by “signing” the “Appeal for Inclusion” directly on the Hire Disability Solutions website, On the site, visitors will also find a route map, so that they can determine at which point they would like to participate in the “Opportunity for Success Ride.” Klare is also currently maintaining a blog on the site and will continue to do so during his ride, enabling visitors to receive updates on the initiative and providing them with an opportunity to post their own thoughts as well. Visitors can also donate directly on the site to the nonprofit organizations being supported by the ride.

“While the Americans with Disabilities act passed in 1990 prohibits discrimination, in reality, little has been done to proactively help people with disabilities gain employment,” says Klare. “Significant misconceptions exist in corporate America today concerning the hiring of individuals with disabilities and this has led employers to fear rather than to value or understand the significant contributions such individuals can make. As has been done on behalf of others who have faced difficulty in the job marketplace, we are looking forward to working in partnership with the Federal government to increase efforts in educating corporate employers and to urge more active recruitment of individuals with disabilities. Our hope is that through the ‘Opportunity for Success Ride’ we can bring attention and action to reversing the astoundingly low rate of employment that exists for those who are disabled.”

Hire Disability Solutions was founded to provide services on behalf of individuals with disabilities promoting inclusion into the mainstream employment world. Since its inception in 2004, Hire Disability Solutions has established itself as the national leader in protecting and enhancing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Through its educational campaigns surrounding employment law, education opportunities and assistive technology, the company facilitates the success of individuals with disabilities and employers alike.
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