RSC, Business Partners Find ‘Can Do’ People for Jobs
In the Cincinnati area the Ohio Rehabilitation Services
Commission (RSC) and its business and kindred service partners
have been working together for decades to find employment for
people with visual impairments, sometimes on short notice. A
recent job opening required a self-starting ‘can do’ computer
whiz. Phil Gates filled the role perfectly.
Medicount Management Inc. asked RSC for a list of 20 to 30 candidates to vie for the position of patient relations specialist. The medical billing firm wanted to start the interviews in three days. RSC’s Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired teamed with a job placement company to find suitable candidates. Phil Gates, who Medicount’s president called a ‘can do’ guy, landed the job after impressing the interviewer with his mastery of software and web designs and knowledge of workplace accommodations for people with disabilities.
Phil, a 1999 graduate of Cincinnati State Technical College, relied on the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a RSC partner, and Medicount’s information technology (IT) staff to adjust company’s computer applications for his visual impairment. According to Phil’s IT boss, his productivity equals and sometimes surpasses that of his coworkers without disabilities.
Phil’s success paves the way for other ‘can do’ people with visual impairments. Medicount, the satisfied employer, wants to work with RSC to offer 10 jobs in upcoming years through the Governor’s Initiative on Jobs for People with Disabilities. In exchange, Medicount will receive funding from RSC to purchase a copier and IT equipment enabling the company to expand its workforce. RSC knows that teamwork, networking and partnering works for people who want to work. The strategy is good for people, good for business, and good for Ohio.