National Business & Disability Council Boot Camp Lets Member Companies Get in Shape for Proposed OFCCP Rule Change



Kim Brussell


National Business & Disability Council Boot Camp Lets Member Companies Get in Shape for Proposed OFCCP Rule Change

April 23, 2013 The National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, whose membership includes many federal contractors, is offering its member companies a Boot Camp program to prepare them for the anticipated change the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) will be making to the Section 503 rules. The proposed change may require that as much as 7% of federal contractors’ workforces be made up of people with disabilities.

“While the NBDC has made recommendations to help policymakers and regulators find more effective ways to stimulate a substantial increase in the employment of people with disabilities at all corporate levels,” explained Laura M. Francis, Executive Director at the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center, “it appears the rule change will be passed as proposed. We are offering programs to assist our members so that they can maintain full governmental compliance once the change is in effect.”

The NBDC Boot Camp can be held at a member company’s location or accessed online through a scheduled webinar. The Boot Camp can:

  • Address the OFCCP Rule and provide a concrete understanding along with some basic tools that HR and Recruitment teams can utilize to be more effective after the law is implemented.
  • Review an organization’s particular needs through customized webinars and post call wrap up sessions that focus on key tactical points so participants can take back to their organization information that will add more value to their best practice policies.
  • Provide onsite ‘problem solving’ sessions that both analyze the OFCCP Rule and engage participants in ‘real time’ discussion to develop customized remedies that directly impact the host organization.

For more information about the Boot Camp, NBDC members may contact Laura M. Francis at 516.465.1519 or

The NBDC’s services are offered through tiered membership levels or on a consultant basis and assist businesses in developing strategies to implement, grow, measure and create solid disability programs. These include talent acquisition, advancement and retention strategies; customized training seminars and workshops; facility and IT accessibility surveys; and an information hotline for disability-related employment issues. Its initiatives to assist employers with expanding their recruiting of people with disabilities include Job Postings Services that aid in attracting qualified people with disabilities to their companies, the NBDC National Resume Database that provides access to resume listings 24/7 and the Emerging Leaders summer internship program for college students with disabilities.

Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center provides Pre-K through High School education, school-to-work transition services, vocational training, career counseling and placement, assistive technology and workforce diversification assistance to children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and businesses. A global leader, it employs more than 300 professionals, including experts in education, human resources and technology. Learn more at

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