and Abilicorp CEO's To Speak at U.S. Business Leadership Network Conference on Technologies and Strategies for Finding Qualified Job Candidates with Disabilities

Share Article's Thomas Capato and Abilicorp's Neil Jacobson will lead an informative, interactive break-out session scheduled for the September USBLN® Annual Conference at the National Harbor near Washington, DC, focusing on innovative and effective approaches to finding qualified workers.

Survey of Employer Perspectives on the Employment of People with Disabilities

Presenters Thomas Capato, co-founder and CEO of, the largest employment and networking portal for people with disabilities on the internet, and Neil Jacobson, founder and CEO of Abilicorp, a company that facilitates career opportunities for people with disabilities by matching their skills with client needs, will address the challenges employers face in hiring people with disabilities, including identifying job requirements, finding qualified candidates, understanding costs of workplace accommodations, and retaining employees with disabilities. The session, titled "Making Qualified Connections to Job Seekers with Disabilities," will highlight some of the challenges and concerns noted in ODEP's November 2008 "Survey of Employer Perspectives on the Employment of People with Disabilities" and will identify some associated strategies and solutions while answering the following questions:

Where can employers find a pool of qualified job seekers?

How can an employer identify service providers who can offer informed professional help?

What role do mentors and counselors play in smoothing and strengthening connections among
employers, seasoned staff members, and employees with disabilities?

What technologies are available to employers for finding qualified job seekers?

About the Presenters:
A seasoned executive with more than 25 years of executive management and business development experience, Thomas Capato has been with from the company's inception and oversees all company strategic and tactical operations. Before joining in 2004, Capato was Senior Vice President of North America Sales for 24/7 Real Media, a public organization focused on interactive media & technology solutions and providing best-in-class customer service. Before joining 24/7 Real Media, Capato was Director of Strategic Accounts at CompuCom Systems. is a leading employment and social networking portal which is totally accessible to people with disabilities. The company's mission is to create sustainable employment growth and opportunities for people with disabilities, while assisting employers to meet their need for a qualified and diverse work force, and facilitating connections among job seekers with disabilities, service providers, mentors, advocacy organizations, college and university disability services and career services departments, and businesses.

Over the past 35 years, Neil Jacobson has been an advocate and change agent for the economic development of people with disabilities. In 1975, he co-founded the CIL Computer Training Program, a nationally recognized training curriculum and course which enabled people with significant disabilities to become computer programmers, and served as Chair until 1994, having seen more than 300 students graduate, 92 percent of whom found competitive employment. Jacobson has served as a board member and Chair of the World Institute on Disability (WID), and he served as Vice-Chair of the President's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities during the Clinton Administration. Before founding Abilicorp in 2008, Jacobson served as a Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank, most recently in charge of its System Automation Management and Wireless Technology Divisions, and previously as Chief Systems Architect for the retail business.

Abilicorp's mission is to provide competitive employment and career opportunities to people with disabilities by matching their skills with client needs. Abilicorp has a commitment to achieve superior client satisfaction, focus on the success of people with disabilities and maximize the shareholders return. To achieve these goals, Abilicorp matches individuals with disabilities with the jobs that best utilize their skills, they obtain professional client contracts only from companies they know to be in good standing so as to guarantee high quality placements, and once individuals are placed, Abilicorp follows up with support services, mentoring, and a network of organizations centered on improving the lives of people with disabilities.

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) is the national business organization currently representing 55 BLN affiliates in 32 states including the District of Columbia and more than 5,000 employers using a "business to business" strategy to promote the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce. The US Business Leadership Network's 12th Annual Conference and National Career Fair will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, from September 15-18, 2009. For more information visit:

For more information on GettingHired contact:
Jim Lunny | Vice President
For more information on Abilicorp contact:
Bruce Potterton | Chief Operating Officer
1 (888) 766-6530


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