ODEP and National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) Alliance

ODEP and National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) Alliance

ODEP and NOND recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to promote the employment of people with disabilities in the healthcare industry. ODEP and NOND hereby form an Alliance to conduct outreach, education and technical assistance activities that promote the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of individuals with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, in the healthcare sector.

Beth Marks, NOND President, and ODEP Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, sign the
Alliance agreement.

Alliance Activities

Specifically, ODEP and NOND agree to work together to carry out the following activities:

  • Share expertise and information on hiring, advancing, and retaining healthcare professionals with disabilities, specifically targeting veterans and others with disabilities interested in healthcare careers, mature workers, and employers in the healthcare industry from the date of the last signature to this agreement.
  • Promote and disseminate information on ODEP resources to NOND members and others in the healthcare industry. ODEP resources include, but are not limited to, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN), and the Workforce Recruitment Program.
  • Develop and publicize resources on the value of hiring and retaining veterans and other individuals with disabilities in the healthcare sector, including educational materials, success stories, and case studies developed collaboratively or by individual parties.
  • Identify issues of specific concern to employers to which the Alliance should direct particular attention and resources, and determine how best to communicate relevant information to this constituency.
  • Speak, exhibit, and/or appear at mutually agreed upon ODEP and NOND events.
  • As appropriate, convene and/or participate in stakeholder meetings focused on forging innovative strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining and promoting people with disabilities.
  • Provide technical assistance to employers and employees regarding replicable disability employment strategies, policies and effective practices.
  • Participate in meetings and/or discussions with representatives from other ODEP Alliances to exchange information on various disability employment issues that are being addressed and to explore opportunities for additional collaborative activities.
  • Carry out other activities, as mutually agreed upon, that promote the hiring, advancement, and retention of individuals with disabilities in the healthcare industry.

About the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND)
The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities is an open membership, cross-disability, public education and advocacy organization that works to promote the full inclusion and acceptance of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions into nursing careers.

Related Documents
Read the signed agreement (PDF)
Read the news release
Read the DOL Newsletter story