A DC entrepreneur launched Invisible Strengths, a pilot-testing mobile application that connects job seekers with invisible disabilities with potential employers.
Invisible disorders are disorders that are not always apparent, such as ADHD, brain injury, epilepsy, chronic diseases, and mental illness.
As with people with physical disabilities, people with invisible disabilities often need accommodations in the workplace.
DC entrepreneur Mariah Barber is launching an app called Invisible Strengths in 2021. It’s currently in pilot testing. The app connects job seekers with invisible disabilities with potential employers.
“As an employer, you are looking for facilities to offer for your job. Job seekers, on the other hand, input the accommodations they are looking for and the skills and identities they need to apply for other jobs,” says Accredited Education. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist Barber said: consultant.
An estimated 1 in 4 Americans live with a disability and, on average, are twice as likely to be unemployed as those without a disability.
Invisible Strengths is open to all job seekers, but was created specifically for those in the LBGTQ and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) communities.
“Statistics show that if you belong to these groups and have a chronic disease or disability, you are more likely to be unemployed or underemployed because of it,” Barber said.
“It can be more stigmatizing for an individual who is also a person of color to be able to come forward.”
The app also includes tools for employers interested in improving their DEI efforts. Free for job seekers. Employers pay subscription fees.
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