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.
This webinar is hosted as a National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) and will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, EST. The webinar will focus on Social Security Programs and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against people with disabilities and requires them to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain more people with disabilities. The presentation includes: -- What Section 503 changes mean for Social Security Disability Beneficiaries; -- Tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process; -- Tips on how to demonstrate your skills and abilities at a virtual job fair. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/details
This Webinar is sponsored by the National Disability Institute's (NDI's) ABLE National Resource Center and will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 / 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Since the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in December of 2014 there has been a great deal of progress both at the state and federal levels. This progress includes the passage of over 35 state ABLE related pieces of legislation, the development of proposed rules and regulations, several advanced notices outlining additional guidance, formal direction from the Social Security Administration, and a major amendment to the federal statute. Given all this exciting progress, the ABLE National Resource Center is hosting this webinar to highlight the various components of this progress in an effort to better prepare and educate individuals with disabilities and their families, state ABLE administrators, the greater disability advocacy community, and other relevant stakeholders as to the current status of ABLE and what we can expect in the next 12 months. To register for this Webinar, please click on View Page Now.
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 Administration on Community Living's (ACL) National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is hosting this webinar on Thursday, February 4, at 1:00 to 2:30 PM, ET. Registration if free but required by February 1st. Email Lan.firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Presenters from NIDILRR include Margaret Campbell and Ruth Brannon. Ivan Molton, PhD, from the NIDILRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Promoting Healthy Aging for Individuals with Long Term Physical Disabilities and Laura Gitlin, PhD, from the Center for Innovative Care in Aging will also present. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
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 part of the National Disability Institute's (NDI) Financial Wellness Series and will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time. NDI will provide information on the numerous underutilized tax deductions and credits available to individuals with disabilities and their families. For example, the Earned Income Tax Credit has been said to be the most effective anti-poverty measure in America, lifting 6.2 million above the poverty line in 2013. Join this webinar to learn about favorable tax credits as well as the numerous reliable resources for completing your tax returns for FREE. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar is sponsored by the National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE)and will be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The January national WISE webinar will address common myths about how working will affect cash disability benefits and Medicare or Medicaid. -- Find out how medical reviews will be put on hold while participating in Ticket to Work. -- Find out how an individual can go back on cash benefits without reapplying if it a job does not work out. -- Get details on how an individual can keep Medicare or Medicaid after cash benefits end due to work. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/details
This webinar on January 19, 2016, from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Join National Disability Institute, the Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) to learn about the time limits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that affect individuals who are considered “Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents” (ABAWDs). These time limits were largely suspended during the recession, but starting in January 2016, the three-month time limits on SNAP receipt for certain individuals who are not employed will be back in effect in at least some areas in nearly all states. It’s estimated that nearly 1 million people could lose their benefits in 2016 as a result. While individuals with disabilities are exempt from these time limits, many states only know about recipients’ disability status if they are receiving SSI or other disability benefits. Further, states should exempt caregivers of persons with disabilities but may not be aware of the caregiving role. And states have flexibility to exempt many homeless individuals, whether or not they identify a disability. Join NDI to learn more about the time limit, how it may affect individuals with disabilities, their caretakers, and homeless individuals, and what you can do to ensure that people are not improperly denied access to food assistance. To register for this webinar, 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
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
This webinar is hosted by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) and will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. While smart employers know they should ensure their workplace is inclusive of the skills and talents of all people, including people with disabilities, not all businesses—particularly small ones—may know where to start. This webinar will address the steps they can take based on strategies gleaned from the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s five-year Add Us In grant program, through which eight consortia around the country piloted models for increasing the capacity of small businesses to employ people with disabilities. Participants will hear from small businesses about their experiences as well as business membership associations that have taken steps to educate their members about the value disability diversity adds to their workplaces and communities. A new online resource developed to help small businesses and business associations take action around the issue will also be demonstrated. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.askearn.org/m-events.cfm?show=day&CURRENTDATE=12%2008%202015
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Network and will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Join National Disability Institute and Corporation for Enterprise Development CFED’s Taxpayer Opportunity Network to learn about tools and resources available for the upcoming tax season. Each year, many taxpayers with disabilities unnecessarily spend an average of $210 on tax preparer fees and miss out on claiming valuable tax credits they are eligible to receive. That is why improving access to free tax preparation services and favorable tax credits for persons with disabilities are two key strategies NDI focuses on each year. This webinar will provide an overview of the Taxpayer Opportunity Network including tools and resources they have available to support free tax preparation services in the upcoming tax season. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3b4f009619f2d40eaf4ca2ccb98eac34
This webinar is hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Education (DOE) and is offered on the following two dates: - Monday, December 1, 2015 / 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time - Tuesday, December 2, 2015 / 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) emphasizes the importance of achieving outcomes—helping individuals find jobs, and obtaining the credentials and skills necessary to be successful in those jobs. As part of the performance accountability requirements, WIOA requires the use of a statistical adjustment model for setting targets for the core performance indicators. The Departments of Labor and Education have collaborated to develop a Statistical Adjustment Model per Sec.116 (b)(3)(A)(viii) of WIOA. This webinar includes information on the methodology for the statistical model, how the model will be used, and how it will be applied to targets to account for changes in economic conditions and participant demographics throughout the workforce and education systems. To register for the Dec 1 webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar will be held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and is hosted by National Disability Institute's (NDI) Real Economic Impact (REI) Network. This NDI webinar will highlight the 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 will provide 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 register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9b80638e8bdc3efd90ba9490c5f70a68
This webcast will be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2015, 2:00 - 3:00 PM Eastern Time and is hosted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN)in support of the U. S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) The vision of ODEP is “A world in which people with disabilities have unlimited employment opportunities.” The mission supporting this vision is “to develop and influence policies and practices that increase the number and quality of employment opportunities for people with disabilities.” ODEP operationalizes its mission through five technical assistance (TA) centers, as well as the Campaign for Disability Employment, the Workforce Recruitment Program, and disability.gov - the U.S. federal government website for information on disability programs and services nationwide. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is one of the five ODEP TA Centers. This webcast will provide participants with a glimpse into three of the ODEP technical assistance centers. These include the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities; the National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center); and the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT). Participants will learn from each of the Center’s their latest initiatives to support the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce. To register for this webcast, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://prod.askjan.org/webcast/registration.cfm
This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, EST and is sponsored by ServiceSource and National Disability Institute in honor of the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is also the final webinar in a three part series of Collaboration, Celebration, and Innovation: ADA@25. Join nationally recognized thought leaders to discuss the next generation of innovative strategies to support individuals with disabilities and their families have more self-determined quality of life experiences in inclusive communities. To register for this webinar please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.servicesource.org/ada25
On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL)Employment and Training Administration (ETA)issued USDOL/ETA Advisories - Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGL)19-13, Change 2 to expand and clarify the definition of homelessness as a significant barrier to employment(SBE). The expanded definition includes include domestic violence and other dangerous or life-threatening conditions, as defined in Section 103(b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(b)). To access this revised directive, pleaes click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL_19-13_Change2_Acc.pdf