Disability:IN Talent Accelerator

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Presented by: Microsoft and Northrop Grumman
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The Disability:IN Talent Accelerator is a free two-day networking and career readiness opportunity for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. This academy takes place in conjunction with the Disability:IN Annual Conference, the nation’s premier business-to-business conference on disability inclusion throughout the enterprise. During the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator, students will experience cutting-edge educational sessions and exciting interactive programming with high-profile speakers. Students will also participate in numerous networking opportunities, including exclusive facilitated networking sessions that connect Disability:IN leaders to representatives from Disability:IN member companies/businesses. Check out the descriptions for two signature activities during the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator:

Technology Innovation Lab: Hosted by The Boeing Company, The Technology Innovation Lab will enable Disability:IN leaders to learn about the important role that universal design plays in our everyday lives and explore the skills that can help them solve challenges in the workplace by designing innovative new products or services that promote disability inclusion. This real-world, team-based environment encourages cross-disability collaboration towards solving employment challenges. Disability:IN is split into approximately 5-6 teams and each team creates a project to address accessibility in the workplace. Disability:IN Advisory Council and volunteers from Disability:IN’s corporate partners serve as Mentors to offer guidance to the teams and provide feedback on their proposed project designs and approaches. The Technology Innovation Lab will conclude with the teams’ pitching their ideas to conference participants for a chance to win prizes during the Disability:IN Plenary.

Disability:IN Matchmaking Session: During this one-on-one speed networking session, recruiters from approximately 50 Disability:IN corporate partners will be matched to Disability:IN Leaders who possess the field of study, educational background, and/or experience each company is seeking in potential job applicants. This session is an opportunity for students to learn about the opportunities available in a variety of companies, and an opportunity for students to make an impression with recruiters.

2018 Recruitment Opportunities, including access to the Resume Database is now available! Click here: https://disabilityin.org/2018recruitmentopportunities/

For more information about the 2019 Disability:IN Talent Accelerator, please check back to this website in September 2018.

Commonly Asked Questions:

  • What are the dates for the 2018 Disability:IN Talent Accelerator?
    • The Disability:IN Talent Accelerator and the Disability:IN Conference dates are July 7th through July 12th, 2018.
  • Can I view the agenda for the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator and the Disability:IN Conference?
  • Do I have to have a disability to participate in the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator?
    • Yes. Disability:IN is a cross-disability organization that promotes opportunities for people with all types of disabilities.
  • What does it cost to attend?
    • NOTHING! Your time, attention, commitment and enthusiasm are all that’s needed. Disability:IN will work with corporate sponsors and state vocational rehabilitation agencies (if you have a VR counselor) to fund conference fees and travel expenses.
  • What are the benefits in participating in the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator?
    • During the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator, students will experience cutting-edge educational sessions and exciting interactive programming with high-profile speakers. Students will also participate in numerous networking opportunities, including exclusive facilitated networking sessions that connect Disability:IN representatives from Disability:IN member companies/businesses. Finally, participants will learn more about career opportunities in your field of interest and network with employers to learn about their recruiting process and available job opportunities.
  • Will I get a job by participating in the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator?
    • Potentially. Some of the Disability:IN corporate partners host on-site interviews and follow up with students after the Matchmaking Session. The primary purpose of the Disability:IN Talent Accelerator is to strengthen students professional skills and expand their network into the private sector.  However, there are opportunities to leave the conference with a job offer.
  • How does someone apply to attend the conference?
    • Disability:IN is no longer accepting applications for the 2018 Disability:IN Talent Accelerator. Please check back in the Fall of 2018 to participate in the 2019 Disability:IN Talent Accelerator and the Disability:IN Annual Conference.
  • Will I be able to connect to other students with disabilities in this program?
    • Yes. The Disability:IN Talent Accelerator will host at least 100 students with disabilities from across the country.