The Next Gold Ring for HR – Hiring the “Differently Abled”

Posted on September 30, 2013 By

Individuals with disabilities often have traits valued by employers, such as a strong work ethic, dependability, responsibility, positive attitude, honesty, integrity, motivation, and loyalty. The benefits of neurological diversity, as it is called, is being recognized by Costco, IBM, Walgreens, Freddie Mac, SAP, Papa John’s, Silicon Valley Technology Giants, and more.

From the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act t*o the most recent Section 503 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act changes, Human Resource professionals have an opportunity to help guide programs that service adolescents who are differently abled.

Dr. Alan Fazzari, a member of Jersey Shore Association of Human Resources (JSAHR), will present The Next Gold Ring for Human Resources: A Generation of Differently Abled Individuals Coming of Age Thursday, October 10, 2013, at the monthly meeting of The Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources (JSAHR), a Silver Excel award winner of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management), 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., Jumping Brook Country Club, 210 Jumping Brook Road, Neptune, N.J.

Dr. Fazzari will discuss the myths surrounding hiring those who are differently abled. He will also familiarize HR professionals with Section 503 of the 1973 Rehab Act and explain how to prepare these employees by using expert resources and programs.

The registration fee, including a full buffet breakfast, is $30.00 for JSAHR members; $40.00 for nonmembers; $25.00 for those in-transition, and $10.00 for full-time students. This program is pending HRCI credits. To register, call Kathi Evans, JSAHR administrator, at 732-270-5204 email

About Dr. Alan Fazzari: Alan Fazzari, PhD has held various positions over 35 years, including vice president of People Services/Quality/Six Sigma and Technology. Presently, Dr. Fazzari is teaching at Kean University, an adjunct at Monmouth University, and is assisting the Adult Program of The Children’s Center of Monmouth County. SHRM, its chapters, and several other local and state-wide associations have awarded him and his teams: Best Practices in Human Resources, Most Creative and Innovative Programs, Economic Development, Employee Development and Training, and Employer of the Year. He was also the runner up in SHRM’s Human Capital Business Leader of the Year award for his work leading cross functional teams in a Six Sigma initiative that netted millions of dollars in process, product development, and productivity savings.