The following press release was authored by Global Disability Inclusion and was originally posted on February 11, 2014.

Unique firm to help improve disability employment efforts for association’s 650 member companies by providing valuable resources and expertise

SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL. (February 6, 2014) – Recognizing the importance of empowering people with disabilities by developing and uncovering new employment opportunities, DirectEmployers Association today announced Global Disability Inclusion, LLC as its newest strategic partner. The unique firm, led by two of the nation’s premiere disability employment experts, will provide guidance and expertise on disability employment and inclusion programs to the association’s over 650 member companies.

Known for its OFCCP compliance solution and its ability to provide the technology necessary to amplify job visibility, DirectEmployers also works to facilitate partnerships that help meet EEO/AA goals, while providing proper information and reporting needed for job delivery requirements. The Association also assists employers with strategic recruiting, processes, and diversity initiatives represented in a global workforce.

“One of the key goals of DirectEmployers is to provide valuable resources and expertise to our membership base and we’re extremely pleased to announce Global Disability Inclusion, LLC as our newest disability partner,” said Shannon Offord, Manager Strategic Partnerships, DirectEmployers Association. “They bring a level of expertise and experience in working with corporations that very few firms can offer. We feel this partnership will provide an additional resource to our members who are looking to expand their disability employment programs.”

In a matter of weeks, the employment landscape is set to shift dramatically as federal contractors prepare to implement new regulations set in place by the U. S. Department of Labor’s (USDOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The new changes will require federal contractors and sub-contractors to set and track goals, hire, retain, train and promote individuals with disabilities. With approximately 200,000 companies classified as federal contractors, experts say the new regulations could significantly impact nearly 600,000 people in the disability community that the USDOL estimates could enter the workforce.

“This Final Rule reflects a growing trend we’re tracking among companies both here and abroad — how to better leverage people with disabilities as customers and employees,” said Deb Russell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Global Disability Inclusion, LLC. “To be compliant and competitive, you need strong resources and expertise. DirectEmployers is one of the nation’s premier associations serving federal contractors in the U.S. and we’re excited to bring new tools and insight to help their members become disability confident.”

Global Disability Inclusion will present “Beyond Compliance: Employing People with Disabilities,” at DirectEmployers 2014 Annual Conference national conference on March 26, 2014 in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

About Global Disability Inclusion, LLC
Global Disability Inclusion, LLC is a disability owned business founded on the principle of bringing the most experienced consultants together to provide one resource to address all disability employment and inclusion needs both domestically and abroad. The firm’s team of consultants has extensive experience in designing, developing and implementing disability employment and inclusion programs for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies across multiple industries. Learn more about Global Disability Inclusion, LLC at, connect on Facebook at or follow @GlobalDisabilit on Twitter.

About DirectEmployers Association
DirectEmployers is an employer-driven association focusing on talent acquisition and inclusion that utilizes its technology and thought leadership to amplify job visibility and employment brand, facilitate partnerships to meet EEO/AA goals and provide proof of job delivery. For more information, visit

Media Contact: Meg O’Connell, Managing Partner, Global Disability Inclusion,, (704) 840-6174

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