The primary focus of the survey was to determine how knowledgeable HR professionals are regarding various governmental incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition, the survey sought to find out how many companies actually take advantage of employer incentives and who in companies make decisions about using them. A secondary focus of the survey was to assess HR professionals’ attitudes and opinions regarding the impact of the ADA on the employment of individuals with disabilities; determine the level of effort companies expend in recruiting individuals with disabilities; and gain insight into senior managements' personal experiences with disabilities. Furthermore, the survey sought the opinions of HR professionals on how best to improve the employment of individuals with disabilities
People with disabilities can work and want to work. Given the growing body of evidence that demonstrates that workers with disabilities meet or exceed the job performance of co-workers without disabilities, the continuing high unemployment rate and low labor force participation rate of people with disabilities deprive the nation of a valuable pool of talent. Increasing the employment of people with disabilities produces significant benefits to the economy, the nation, and people with disabilities themselves.
This LEAD Center webinar has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 24, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, EST. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities. To support these partnerships, the LEAD Center recently released the Independence Through Employment Toolkit, a collection of resources for CILs and AJCs to deepen their understanding of each other’s services and structure to improve the lives of job seekers with disabilities through employment. The toolkit provide Centers for Independent Living with a basic understanding of WIOA and AJC services to encourage referrals to AJCs as a free community-based support for individuals with employment goals. The comprehensive services provided by CILs, to advocate for and support the independence of individuals with disabilities, is a perfect match with the focus of the public workforce system. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has released it's Disability Employment Tracker™ as a tool for companies to do a free and confidential online assessment that provides critical analysis of four aspects of a company’s disability employment practices, with an optional assessment of veteran employment practices. The four areas include: -- Climate & Culture -- Employment Lifecycle -- Tracking & Measurement -- Results & Opportunities The Disability Employment Tracker includes benchmarking scores relative to other companies. Most importantly, participating companies will benefit from extensive information on leading practices. To access this resource, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.nod.org/services/tracker.html
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL's) Civil Rights Center (CRC) announces the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)updating the Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38). Section 188 prohibits discrimination against individuals in any program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of the WIOA as well as by the One-Stop part ners listed in WIOA Section 121(b) that offer programs or activities through the One-Stop/American Job Center workforce development system. Section 188 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and for beneficiaries, applicants, and participants only, citizenship status, or because of an individual’s participation in a program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA. Comments are due by March 26, 2016 To learn more about the NPRM, please click on View Page Now or go to: www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/nprm/index.htm
The Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) has developed and provided a guide for review of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plans. Prior to submission to the federal government, states must make plans available for comment by the full range of stakeholders and the general public, and make the plan available and accessible to the general public. If the comment period for a state has not yet closed, this guide can provide assistance in the development of comments. If the state has already submitted its plan, this guide can still be used to understand and analyze the state’s intentions and priorities in implementation of WIOA. To access this review guide, please click on View Page Now.
Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has released information on accommodation enhancements and tools that employers can utilize for their employees with disabilities. All employees need the right tools and work environment to effectively perform their jobs. Similarly, people with disabilities may need workplace adjustments, or accommodations, to maximize their productivity. Having a clear process for requesting and providing accommodations is an easy step small businesses can take to send a clear signal about their commitment to a disability-inclusive workforce. Whether they realize it or not, accommodations are something most employers provide—to employees both with and without disabilities—every day. They span the tangible, such as certain technologies or special chairs or desks, to the non-tangible, such as a flexible schedule or the opportunity to telecommute. Regardless, most accommodations are no or low cost, while yielding considerable direct and indirect benefits through increased retention and productivity. To access more information on approaches employers can utilize, please click on View Page Now.
Direct Video Access US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/12-11-15.cfm The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is offering a new service for people who use American Sign Language (ASL). The Direct Video Access program helps people who are deaf or hard of hearing get information in ASL about employment discrimination issues, including filing discrimination complaints. Call 844-234-5122 from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, to be connected to an EEOC representative who is fluent in ASL. To access the Direct Video link, please click on View Page Nor or go to: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/12-11-15.cfm
This webinar is sponsored by Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) and will be held on Thursday, February 18, from 3:00-4:30 PM ET. In recent years, corporate America has undergone significant shifts in how it talks about disability and employment, with leading companies now actively incorporating it into their workforce diversity and inclusion goals. In 2014, updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act added further impetus to these shifts by strengthening federal contractors' responsibilities to take affirmative action to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. One major component of these updates is the requirement that federal contractors invite applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify as people with disabilities. This webinar will address strategies for achieving disability inclusion goals by encouraging employees to understand the value of self-identifying. It is targeted at federal contractors and other companies interested in fostering a disability-inclusive work culture. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 2:00-3:30 PM ET. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) principal consultants Linda Carter Batiste, J.D., and Beth Loy, Ph.D., as they share real-life accommodation scenarios from the Federal sector, provide practical ideas for making successful accommodations in the workplace, and discuss possible solutions to current accommodation challenges. This webinar is targeted to Federal disability program managers, hiring managers, supervisors, EEO representatives, selective placement coordinators, and others involved in hiring and managing workers in the Federal government. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://prod.askjan.org/webcast/federal/registration.cfm
The release of the Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics & Report on Disability will be held Thursday, February 4, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM ET at The Washington Center, Blinken Auditorium. The event can also be viewed live via webcast on the same date and time. The event will be archived for later viewing. The Compendium release will include a briefing and overview of the new expanded Compendium, data panel discussion, as well as several invited speakers from the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD); the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the Census Bureau; the National Center for Health Statistics; and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. To register for the event, please click on View Page Now.
This Webinar is hosted by the National LEAD Center and is scheduled for January 20, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:30PM, EST. http://www.leadcenter.org/webinars Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) prohibits discrimination against people who apply to, participate in, work for, or come into contact with programs and activities of the workforce development system. WIOA also requires that American Job Centers be fully accessible physically and programmatically, offering accommodations as needed and incorporating Universal Design wherever possible. LEAD Center has been working with the Missouri Division of Workforce Development, who have committed to improving access to their services statewide. Join this webinar to: -- Hear from the leaders in U.S. Department of Labor’s Civil Rights Center, Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy, who jointly issued Promising Practices in Achieving Universal Access and Equal Opportunity: A Section 188 Disability Reference Guide on July 6, 2015. -- Learn about the commitment to Equal Opportunity in Missouri, and the work being done using the 188 Disability Reference Guide and based on information collected from surveying their American Job Center staff statewide, and surveying jobseekers and employers who use their services. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://leadcenter.webex.com/leadcenter/onstage/ g.php?MTID=e43b23dfd1ceb61e4c5532e0514956d8a
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices and Youth issued this brief in December 2016. It addresses Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (wIOA) of 2014 that requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to change the way they work with transition-age youth, including resource allocation, service provision, and outcome tracking. This issue brief summarizes findings from a search of the peer reviewed and grey literatures for employment-focused transition programs that featured vocational rehabilitation services. Our search found just seven programs across the studies meeting the criteria for inclusion. All seven programs focused on a well-defined population of youth and had varied service models, but all featured interagency collaboration. To access this issue brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://vrpracticesandyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/01_RRTC_IssueBrief.pdf
On December 16, 2015, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) entered into an agreement with the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor concerning Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Section 14(c) permits employers to pay wages less than the federal minimum wage, after receipt of a certificate from the Department of Labor, to individuals whose earning or productive capacity is impacted by a physical or mental disability for the work that is to be performed. NDRN, made up of the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy agencies, has for years investigated instances of abuse and exploitation of workers with disabilities by employers, including employers who hold 14(c) certificates. The agreement demonstrates the commitment of the WHD, NDRN and P&A agencies to protect the rights of workers with disabilities. The agreement: -- Improves the sharing of information between NDRN, the P&As and the Wage and Hour Division on potential violations of subminimum wage certificates by employers; -- Utilizes the resources, knowledge, and expertise of the P&As on disability issues in each particular jurisdiction, such as locations of suspected wage and hour violations. -- Supports exchanging information about the laws and regulations of common concern to NDRN, the P&As, and the Wage and Hour Division. To view the full press release, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ndrn.org/en/media/releases/577-press-release-dol-agreement.html
In December 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center issued three Employment First Technical Briefs for individuals and organizations working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency. The Briefs include the followings: Technical Brief #1: Connecting the Dots: Using Federal Policy to Promote Employment First Systems-Change Efforts, provides a robust summary and overview of public policy, regulations, rules and informational bulletins that support employment outcomes and employment first for youth and adults with disabilities. Technical Brief #2: Federal Legal Framework that Supports Competitive, Integrated Employment Outcomes of Youth and Adults with Significant Disabilities, “highlights various legal actions by Federal enforcement agencies that have significant implications for how states prioritize and deliver services for individuals with disabilities. Technical Brief #3: Criteria for Performance Excellence in Employment First State Systems Change & Provider Transformation, provides guidance to states that are involved in systems change efforts aimed at improving competitive, integrated employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. To access more information on these briefs, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/employment-first-technical-briefs
The "Just Say Hi!" Video Collection is produced by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation that includes a growing library of short, fun videos to address the unnecessary awkwardness many people feel around disabilities. The videos include many celebrities who offer straightforward guidance for having a conversation with someone who has disabilities: "Just say hi!" that also includes personal experience and pertinent data regarding Cerebral Palsy. To access these videos, click on View Page Now or go to: http://yourcpf.org/just-say-hi/
Bridging the Gap Across Transition is a training module developed by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) that provides information on rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to help navigate from the school system to the world of work, or to post-secondary education or training, otherwise known as the transition process. Topics discussed include self-advocacy, disability disclosure, sufficient medical documentation, and types of accommodations that might be needed. To access this resource, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/training/library.htm#ModuleTransition
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology. PEAT is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and is managed by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT is the only entity of its kind that brings together employers, technology providers, thought leaders, and technology users around the intersecting topics of accessible technology and employment. Among other resources of interest developed by PEAT are 1) Accessible Technology Action Steps – A Guide for Employers and 2) TechCheck, a powerful but simple tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices and find tools to improve them. To visit the PEAT website, please click on View Page Now or go to http://peatworks.org/content/peat-tools.
This recorded archive highlights the National Disability Institute's American Dream Employment Network (ADEN), a national administrative Employment Network. ADEN is a consortium of service providers and employers working together to create a path for individuals with disabilities receiving Social Security disability benefits to return to work or begin working for the first time. ADEN is an approved Employment Network operating under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work. This webinar provides an overview of ADEN, how employment service providers can tap into this turnkey opportunity, and how ADEN supports the employment of persons with disabilities. To view this webinar archive, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/resources/webinars.aspx
This guide was developed in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability - Youth. Statewide implementation of quality comprehensive career development programs and activities is a promising strategy that states can use to achieve the dual goals of college and career readiness for all high school students. This guide is designed to support states in their efforts to increase college and career readiness among all youth, including youth with disabilities, by providing functional and pragmatic guidance on implementing quality comprehensive systems of career development. To access a PDF version of the guide, please click on View Page Now.