At the Starkloff Disability Institute, we work with companies of all sizes in St. Louis to ensure they have the correct policies and practices in place to successfully hire, train and retain professionals with disabilities.
Our team of expert consultants lead interactive workshops, various simulations and demonstrations, and management coaching based on the realities and goals in the workplace. We also provide long-term consulting services and certifications that can distinguish role model, disability-friendly companies.
Learn more about our services and programs for companies below.
We provide innovative solutions and educational tools to companies wishing to hire qualified people with disabilities. Our team has over 85 years of experience and leadership in the area of disability, and our methods have been tested and proven successful at numerous companies across St. Louis.
Our interactive workshop eliminates any misconceptions or discomfort a recruiter or hiring manager may have about people with disabilities. A workshop is typically 3.5 hours, can accommodate up-to 24 employee participants and is taught by 6 facilitators, each of whom has a disability. The workshop has three major components: group discussion, sighted guide orientation, and mock interviews.
Simulations and demonstration experiences focus on providing employee groups an idea of how individuals with disabilities function within the ordinary world. The simulation exercise is conducted on-site, and our team will setup workstations in a designated area. The stations will simulate mobility disability, manual dexterity disability, deaf/hard-of-hearing, blind, and low vision experiences. Additionally, individuals with disabilities will demonstrate multiple types of adaptive technology that are used to perform tasks at work.
We will present a two to three hour panel discussion to address a company’s specific questions about employing people with disabilities. Company management and employees submit questions to our team in advance of the training session to uphold anonymity. Therefore, questions that participants might otherwise consider inappropriate / not proper are able to be asked. The seminar panel consists of disability employment experts that have a disability(ies).
On September 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs published a Final Rule in the Federal Register revising the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Section 503) at 41 CFR Part 60–741. The regulations became effective on March 24, 2014.
Section 503 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities (IWDs), and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals. As revised, the regulations strengthen the affirmative action provisions to aid contractors in their efforts to recruit and hire IWDs, and improve job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The regulations also include changes to the nondiscrimination provisions to bring them into compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.
Companies that participate in our educational programs and services are recognized for their good faith effort in complying.
“We began our partnership with Starkloff Disability Institute years ago because we believed in their mission and we thought Nestle could help. SDI now gives us guidance and resources we need to understand the United States Department of Labor Rule 503. We are so grateful for this partnership.”
Steve Degnan, Chief Human Resource Officer of North America, Nestle Purina
We’re proud of the workplace preparedness consulting we’ve conducted at numerous companies throughout the St. Louis region, and it’s important to recognize the companies leading the way in creating an optimal environment for individuals with disabilities. Therefore, we started the Role Model Companies Program to promote those companies.
“Attending the Work-Ability Summit was a fun and interactive learning experience, plus it introduced me to the partnership available through Starkloff Disability Institute. Knowing the SDI team gives me confidence as an employer that through our relationship we have access to resources, quality candidates, and support in understanding how to provide a workplace that is inclusive and supportive for all of our employees and prospective employees.”
Assistant Vice President
Royal Banks of Missouri