Employer Solutions

Disability Diversity Training

 Dirkse CC offers the renowned, WINDMILLS: Changing the Perception of Ability. This interactive training focuses on attitudes and human factors such as bias and fear about hiring and supervising people with disabilities, while addressing concerns including legal requirements and accommodation. The modules consist of exercises relevant to the everyday world of work to which participants can relate and then remember on the job. The WINDMILLS program also incorporates language and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Reasonable Accommodation

 A reasonable accommodation is assistance or changes to a position or workplace that will enable an employee to do his or her job despite having a disability. Under the ADA, employers are required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. Dirkse CC Certified Rehabilitation Counselors have the credentials to professionally assist employers with the interactive process and in identifying and implementing effective reasonable accommodations.   

Conflict Resolution & Mediation

Conflicts are common in the workplace they drain moral, productivity and are the cause of illness, stress and employee attrition. Heidi Dirkse-Graw, MS, CRC, LPC - President/CEO, is a Certified Workplace Mediator and Trainer of Manager-As-Mediator and Self-As-Mediator programs through the Mediation Training Institute out of Eckerd College. Whether your employees need help communicating from a professional mediator or you’d like to have your staff or leaders trained to handle conflict, Dirkse CC is happy to help.      

Student Mentoring Program

Young people with disabilities graduating from high school and transition programs flourish when provided with real life opportunities to explore the world of work including seeing a variety of industries and jobs. They also need professionals to champion their skills and talents. Dirkse CC partners with several school districts, Vocational Rehabilitation and Oregon Commission for the Blind to help students team up with employers for job shadows, mock interviews, summer work experience and maybe even their first job!

Job Customization for Disability

Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Dirkse CC Employment Specialists have 20+ years of experience helping bridge the gap between the job seeker and an employer.   

Diversity Brown-bag Lunch Meetings

Join Dirkse CC once per quarter for a brown bag lunch discussion about becoming a disability friendly workplace and other topics that will be sure to help you have a productive, diverse and happy workplace. Contact us for the next scheduled workshop. 

Video: Heidi Dirkse-Graw