Washington, D.C., July 22 – July 2021 marks the 31st anniversary of when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. Eastern, Jim Sinocchi, the Head of Disability Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase, will host a special online conversation to help mark the anniversary and to discuss how to substantively advance disability inclusion, hiring and accommodations in the workplace. Over a long private sector career, Sinocchi has proved himself to be a true thought leader on practical strategies for expanding job opportunities for thousands of people with disabilities and a role model as a businessperson with a physical disability.
Jim’s tenure at JPMorgan Chase has transformed their accessibility efforts and set the company on the map as true, global leader in the field of disability inclusion.
The example of Chase and Sinocchi’s leadership is welcome news for the millions of Americans with disabilities impacted by the economic turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic. Back in 2019, the national employment rate for working-age people with disabilities in America was just 38.8 percent, compared to 78.6 percent of people without disabilities. These disparities vary from state to state and differ by race. In fact, 40 percent of white working-age people with disabilities have jobs, compared to only 32.1 percent of those who are Black, 39.4 percent of those who are Hispanic/LatinX and 43.2 percent of Asian American. Compounding the problem, the pandemic has ravaged the disability community and more than 1 million workers with disabilities have lost their jobs.
The past year and the pandemic have made remote work an accepted reality for thousands of workers. This expansion and normalization of a common reasonable accommodation request long championed by workers with disabilities has been a “silver lining” of the pandemic. Accessibility software has dramatically improved over the past year, with new built-in speech to text technology which makes it possible for people with even the most limited mobility to use computers. This, along with free instant captioning and other breakthroughs, has opened an unprecedented window for people with disabilities to contribute to the success of nonprofits, communities and beyond.
As such, now is the time to learn lessons about how leaders like JPMorgan Chase and Jim Sinocchi have reshaped their accessibility efforts, how they deliver accommodations both in the office and remotely, and what opportunities lay ahead for future leaders with disabilities. This fireside chat will give audience members unprecedented access to ask your most burning questions about disability employment and the post-COVID world.
This FREE webinar will feature ASL interpreters and offer live captioning.
About Jim Sinocchi
Jim Sinocchi is the Head of Disability Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase. In this role, Sinocchi works closely with senior leaders across JPMorgan Chase to establish consistent standards and processes to better support employees with disabilities. The office also supports employees who care for disabled family members. A self-advocate, he is keenly aware of the issues and challenges facing people with disabilities as he sustained a spinal cord injury early in his business career. Sinocchi has served on the board of Jawonio, an organization focused on the well-being and equality of people with disabilities and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Viscardi Center — a private, New York State-supported school for children with severe physical disabilities. He also serves on RespectAbility’s Board of Directors.
For More Information
For more details, information and resources to help mark the anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), please visit the ADA Anniversary website.
For other upcoming events being hosted by RespectAbility, please visit our website.