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University Outreach

National Center for Disability Education and Training

The University of Oklahoma

Add Us In Project

The Vision of Add Us In is to connect individuals with disabilities with businesses in order to improve their quality of life and to promote sustained economic growth.

Every day, people with disabilities CAN and DO add value to America’s workplaces.

 

The Add Us In project offers employment assistance to adults with disabilities, including those from under-served communities, suchwoman working in a commercial kitchenas Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Veterans, Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.

Add Us In recognizes that people with disabilities bring value and talent to the workplace. The Add Us In Career Service Coordinators are here to help you get started on the employment pathway. They will help find the best job for you. They start by finding out what talents and interests you have. They also provide employment follow-up services as well as identifying community resources.

EVERY DAY, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES CAN AND DO ADD VALUE TO AMERICA’S WORKPLACES.

What can Employers do to assist the Add Us In Project?

  1. Contact your Workforce Center to let them know you have a job available.
  2. Have inclusive hiring practices; include people with disabilities.
  3. Hire the best person for the job.

What Add Us In can do for Youth and Adult Participants?

  1. Provides individualized job placement assistance.
  2. Find the best job for you by assessing your skills and talents.
  3. Provides follow-up and resource services.

HIRE THE BEST!  Employ Oklahomans.a blind male professional walking with a cane in downtown

The Central Oklahoma Add Us In initiative encourages employers and others to recognize the value and talent that people with disabilities, including those from minority communities, bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities—because at work, it’s what people CAN DO that matters.

Employers have much to gain by having a workplace that is open to everyone. Consumers with and without disabilities favor businesses that employ people with disabilities. What’s more, employees with disabilities mirror an important and increasingly expanding customer base.

EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES:

  • Have talent.
  • Help businesses gain a competitive edge through innovative thinking.
  • Mirror an important and increasingly expanding customer base.
  • Are experienced problem solvers with a proven ability to adapt.
  • Value and want to work.

HIRE the BEST

A MOTIVATED WORKFORCE

ADD US IN QUESTIONS?

Contact:  Annie Baghdayan, Director
(405) 325-0158
Email: abaghda1@ou.edu

The Central Oklahoma Add Us In initiative includes Canadian, Cleveland, Logan, and Oklahoma Counties. Preparation of this item was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. OD-21072-10-75-4-40.

man working in an auto body shopThe Add Us In project offers employment assistance to adults with disabilities, including those from underserved communities, such as Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Veterans, Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people.

Add Us In recognizes that people with disabilities bring value and talent to the workplace. The Add Us In Career Service Coordinators are here to help you get started on the employment pathway. They will help find the best job for you. They start by finding out what talents and interests you have. They also provide employment follow-up services as well as identifying community resources.

EMPLOYEES WITH DISABILITIES:

  • Have talent.
  • Help businesses gain a competitive edge through innovative thinking.
  • Mirror an important and increasingly expanding customer base.
  • Are experienced problem solvers with a proven ability to adapt.
  • Value and want to work.

LET US MAKE A JOB FIT

A MOTIVATED WORKFORCE

ADD US IN QUESTIONS?

Contact:  Jill Burgess
Project Director/Business Services Consultant
(405) 325-8130
Email: jburgess@ou.edu

The Central Oklahoma Add Us In initiative includes Canadian, Cleveland, Logan, and Oklahoma Counties. Preparation of this item was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. OD-21072-10-75-4-40.

GET YOUR CAREER STARTED BY SPEAKING TO A CAREER SERVICE COORDINATOR TODAY.

a young female student organizing products on a shelf The Add Us In project offers employment assistance to youth (16-21) with disabilities, including those from under-served communities, such as Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans, Veterans, Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. Add Us In recognizes that people with disabilities bring value and talent to the workplace.

Add Us In Career Service Coordinators are here to help you get started on the employment pathway. Here is how they can help:

  • They will help find the best job for you.
  • They start by finding out what talents and interests you have.
  • They also provide employment follow-up services as well as identifying community resources.

YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES:

  • Have talent.
  • Help businesses gain a competitive edge through innovative thinking.
  • Mirror an important and increasingly expanding customer base.
  • Are problem solvers with a proven ability to adapt.
  • Value and want to work.

LET US MAKE A JOBFIT

A MOTIVATED WORKFORCE

ADD US IN QUESTIONS?

Contact: Jill Burgess

Youth Career Service Contact
Office: (405) 325-8130
Email: jburgess@ou.edu

The Central Oklahoma Add Us In initiative includes Canadian, Cleveland, Logan, and Oklahoma Counties. Preparation of this item was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. OD-21072-10-75-4-40.

GET YOUR CAREER STARTED BY SPEAKING TO A CAREER SERVICE COORDINATOR TODAY.

Request for Services

The Central Oklahoma Add Us In initiative encourages employers and others to recognize the value and talent that people with disabilities, including those from minority communities, bring to the workplace, as well as the dividend to be realized by fully including people with disabilities.

Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment 
Board

Eddie Foreman
Julian Muniz

Cheyenne Arapaho Vocational Rehabilitation
Program

Tim Yeahquo

Cimarron Alliance/Diversity Business 
Association

Troy Stevenson

Civicus Group
Keith Weber

Dale Rogers Training Center
Theresa M. Flannery

Developmental Disabilities Services Division, 
Oklahoma
 Department of Human Services
Regina Chace

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
David Castillo
Samantha Flores

Office of Juvenile Affairs
Dennis Gober

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
Belen Burkhalter PhD, CRC
Larry Hartzell
Kim Osmani

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
Marqus Butler

Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
ElFreda  Fields

ResCare Workforce Services
Sarah Steffes
Kimberly Folkes
Rakeia McNeill

OU Staff
Belinda Biscoe, PhD
Annie Baghdayan, PhD
Jill Burgess, MHR
Carol Surber
Kelly Phillips

The Central Oklahoma Add Us In initiative includes Canadian, Cleveland, Logan, and Oklahoma Counties. Preparation of this item was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. OD-21072-10-75-4-40.

For more information about the Add Us In Intiative contact:University of Oklahoma Outreach

Annie Baghdayan, Director
Phone: (405) 325-0158
Fax: (405) 325-1632
Email: abaghda1@ou.edu

 

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