Exchange forges Partnership with Cornell University on Disability Employment

RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2012

DALLAS – In an effort to gain a better understanding of policies and practices within both federal and private sectors and to introduce best practices that will increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has partnered with Cornell University in a disability research study.

The research, which according to Cornell representatives is the first major study of its kind in more than ten years, will focus on the power of social networks and how they affect individuals with disabilities. 

“We are excited about the joint study,” said Exchange Equal Employment Opportunity, Diversity and Inclusion Vice President Diana Culberson. “Not only is it an opportunity to learn from our different policies and practices, but also to communicate the value of individuals with disabilities in the workplace.”

The research kicked off in March as the Cornell Employment and Disability Institute began conducting focus groups, interviews and online surveys with associates who will voluntarily participate at various locations worldwide.  

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