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Episode 102: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

Wednesday – February 2, 2022


Peter Blanck
Host: Peter Blanck
Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute and University Professor at Syracuse University
Christine Griffin
Guest: Christine Griffin, J.D.
Senior Executive Search Consultant, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.


Historically, the labor force participation and unemployment rates for people with disabilities are lower than the rates for the total workforce. In the United States, the total workforce participation rate stays between 18-22%. Additionally, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is historically twice the unemployment rate for workers who do not have disabilities.

To discuss employment for people with disabilities, we welcome Christine Griffin, Senior Executive Search Consultant with Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Our host today is Dr. Peter Blanck, Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute. We will focus on the topics of what can be done to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities, how far we have come, and how far we must go. We will also discuss the next generation of leaders in disability and employment.


Audio: Soundcloud Episode 102: Improving Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities



Featured Organization

Bender Consulting Services
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Bender Consulting Services, Inc. operates across the United States and in Canada. Bender believes that all people with disabilities should have access to freedom, through competitive employment. Since 1995, Bender Consulting Services, Inc. has been at the epicenter of disability diversity, equity and inclusion growth and innovation. Bender provides disability employment expertise in the areas of recruitment, workplace mentoring, strategic planning, training, and digital accessibility. Bender is a small business, a certified woman-owned business and a certified disability-owned business enterprise. To learn more visit their website at