dr richard pimentel

Dr. Richard Pimentel

Americans with Disabilities Act Advocate

Dr. Richard Pimentel is a decorated disabled Vietnam Veteran who lost his hearing in an explosion in Vietnam. He is one of the early leaders in the civil rights movement for persons with disabilities which resulted in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He is a global leadership trainer and a nationally renowned expert on Disability Management, Job Recruitment, Job Retention, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Attitude Change. He is not only technically proficient, he is also an exceptional communicator earning praise on his ability to combine information, humor and storytelling into an informative whole that does not just present the information, but really communicates it in a memorable fashion.

As a consultant, keynote speaker, professional trainer and author of numerous curricula and training guides, Dr. Pimentel is distinguished by his ability to predict industry trends and the needs of employers. He has designed and implemented return to work systems for the private sector and government employers throughout the country. He has pioneered proactive risk management, return-to-work and equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs to generate both cost-savings and enduring attitudinal changes in corporate culture.

Dr. Pimentel is an acknowledged authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). His training has not only successfully enabled managers and supervisors to participate effectively to employ and accommodate employees with disabilities but has also helped employers to dispel stereotypes and embrace diversity.

Richard was the Chairperson of VACOR, the Department of Veterans Affairs Civilian Advisory Committee for disabled Veteran Rehabilitation.

He conducts training and consultation nationwide on topics as diverse as the Importance of Character in leadership, Hiring and Promoting People with Disabilities, Motivation of Individuals with Employment Barriers, The Future of Disability Management, Return-to-Work Issues, and Emotional Ergonomics™. He has authored and co-authored numerous books and professional publications, including Developing the New Employee, What Managers and Supervisors Need to Know About the ADA, Taking Control of Workers Compensation Disability Costs, A Common Sense Approach to Post traumatic Stress and the Job Club Placement Model for the Department of Veterans Affairs.

An award-winning, full-length motion picture of his life story, “Music Within,” directed by Steven Sawalich, starring Ron Livingston, Melissa George and Michael Sheen was released by MGM in 2007.

He has consistently rated over the past 30 years as one of the top presenters at Employer, Government, Education and Disability Conferences throughout the world.

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