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.
Cornell University is hosting this webinar on October 22, 2015, 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/online/webcast-series This webcast will focus on the potential role of technology to enhance employment for people with disabilities in two ways – job and career path opportunities, and the creation of technology-based tools for facilitating productivity in select job tasks, including access to workplace communication channels. Representatives from Cornell University, private and government organizations in the technology sector, and related global non-governmental organizations will discuss initiatives to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the technology sector, and to increase technology accommodation innovations affording access to the workplace. To register and learn more about this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/online/webcast-series
The ADA National Network has published this Planning guide to provide information to assist planners, managers, operators and building owners in making temporary events such as conferences, sporting events and other temporary venues accessible to people with disabilities. This guide acquaints the reader with: -- The value of making temporary events accessible. -- An overview of the law. -- Planning strategies to help prevent discrimination. -- Typical barriers encountered by people with disabilities and solutions for removal. -- Methods of locating and coordinating available resources to achieve accessibility. This guide addresses most questions about how to host an accessible temporary event. For more information or to ask a question, please call the ADA National Network at their toll free number - 1-800-949-4232. To access the full Planning Guide, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://adata.org/publication/temporary-events-guide
On July 24, 2015, President Barak Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Proclamation 9302. An excerpt from the Proclamation states: "My Administration is committed to addressing the unique challenges people with disabilities face as they seek to attain economic stability. Americans with disabilities deserve access to quality health care, affordable housing, inclusive financial institutions, and the innovative technologies that are transforming our world. That is why we have actively enforced the ADA, and why we have worked to toughen the protections against disabilitybased discrimination, increase accessibility in our communities, and expand opportunities for employment, education, and financial independence for people with disabilities." To access the complete text of this Presidential Proclamation, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/pdf/2015-18785.pdf
The Disability.gov website has issued a bulletin with numerous resource links and information in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Included in their bulletin is information on understanding the ADA, history of the ADA, the ADA National Network and what is provides, what employers need to know, and more. To view this Disability.Gov bulletin, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/10fd5bb
This National Public Radio (NPR) article/blog highlights the personal aspects of disability, employment and economic well-being that still require attention 25 years following the passage of the ADA. It profiles the experience of 27-year-old Emeka Nnaka of Tulsa, Oklahoma who a semi-pro football player who was injured during a game and challenges he faces in reaching his goals. If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted. The employment rate for working age people with disabilities is 14.4% compared to 71.2% for those without a disability and the poverty rate is 32.1% compared to 13% for those without a disability. Median household income is $30,600 compared to $58,400 for those without a disability. To view the full article and responses, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/23/424990474/why-disability-and-poverty-still-go-hand-in-hand-25-years-after-landmark-law
This webinar is hosted by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)and will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time It provides an orientation to accessible instructional practices for postsecondary education professionals as a strategy for increasing student retention, persistence and success. Providing the materials, methods, and assessments associated with learning goals in multiple ways is a fundamental principle of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). How students are able to read, write, speak, gesture, select, or demonstrate achievement depends on the content, the task, and the capabilities of learners – and variability is the norm. For students with sensory, physical or learning disabilities providing media and materials in multiple formats – text equivalents for images, captions for videos; text that can be read aloud – may be essential. For others, such as English language learners, those from different social or cultural backgrounds, or those who simply prefer one modality over another, these options allow them to use their strengths to support their areas of To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://iel.adobeconnect.com/accessible-instruction/event/event_info.html
This video highlights how the Disability Program Navigators (DPN) facilitated the establishment of an Integrated Resource Team (IRT) in Worksource Center, Portland, Oregon, and its applicability in American Job Centers nationwide. The IRT brings various partners (private and public, mandated and non-mandated) from a myriad of agencies/organizations (e.g., American Job Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, mental health, developmental disabilities, etc.) across multiple systems to leverage resources, coordinate services/programs, and reduce duplication to better serve the individual customer with a disability and/or multiple employment challenges. The ultimate goal of the IRT is to get the person with a disability a job; not just any job but a quality, non-stereotypical job that provides a living wage, career lattice opportunities, benefits, and reflects the individual’s interests, experience, education/training goals, and desires. It also represents the blending and braiding of resources around an individual customer with a disability' to meet their employment needs. This video tells the story of how the IRT approach worked to assist a customer, who is deaf, receive training at his local community college and a paid internship, with the goal of finding a higher paying job. Please click on View Page Now to view the video.
The Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) is Federally funded to provide accommodations to Federal and Military staff members. CAP has developed extensive information, resources, and videos on Assistive Technology and other accommodations designed to address the full spectrum of disabilities that are free and available through their website at www.cap.mil/ and the CAP YouTube platform. A new video blog (VLOG) by the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) is now available and provides information on some commonly requested assistive technology products for employees or Service members who are deaf or hard of hearing and may be in need of an accommodation. To view the most recent CAP video, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb9IKwZi124&feature=youtu.be
The Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program (CAP)is funded to provide accommodation solutions for Federal employees. In addition, CAP has developed expertise and training protocols for Assistive Technology (AT) solutions across the spectrum of disability. The CAP website lists commonly requested accommodation solutions under five disability categories: Blind/Low Vision, Cognitive, Communication, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, and Dexterity. Under each category individuals can browse the different types of accommodations commonly provided by CAP. Each piece of technology offers a short description of the AT equipment and an estimate of how long it could take to provide it to the Federal employee. Accommodations that are outside of CAP’s scope, meaning CAP is unable to provide these kinds of accommodations to employees. CAP offers several ways to learn about the assistive technologies available to improve an individual’s capabilities. Whether through a needs assessment, a demonstration video, or by browsing the CAP website, CAP has resources available to provide information on technologies that can be used to maintain, increase, or improve a person’s ability to perform on the job. To learn more about accommodations provided by CAP and to browse the different types of AT available, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.cap.mil/Solutions/Index.aspx. ________________________________________
In early November 2014, the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services issued joint guidance about the rights of public elementary and secondary students with hearing, vision or speech disabilities to effective communication. The guidance includes a letter to educators, a Frequently Asked Questions document, and a summary Fact Sheet, and is intended to help schools, parents, and others understand schools’ obligations under Federal law to meet the communications needs of students with disabilities. The guidance documents can be found by clicking on View Page Now or going to:http://www.ada.gov/ta-pubs-pg2.htm#doe_doj_eff_comm
Federal employees with disabilities who are injured on the job oftentimes encounter difficulties returning to work. The Computer and Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) assists in this process, working with the employee who has filed a worker’s compensation claim and their manager to identify and provide assistive technology for the jobsite and/or telework location. CAP helps employees continue as productive, active members of the workforce by providing the following services: -- Coordinating with workers’ compensation officials to evaluate needs of claimants; -- Exploring methods of retaining experienced workers who may be developing disabling conditions due to work-related injuries; -- Providing assistive technology accommodations to enhance productivity; -- Working with agencies to assess what telework options may be available. The equipment and services received through CAP can help ensure that the employees work in an improved, safer and more productive environment. To learn more, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.cap.mil/Programs/Employment/WorkersCompensation.aspx ________________________________________ .
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) ENews topics include: 1) Making Pre-employment Testing Accessible: 2) WellPoint Offers a Best Practice 3) Requests For Medical Documentation and the ADA 4) October is Dwarfism Awareness Month 5) Eating Disorders and the Workplace 6) Accommodating Employees with Keratoconus JAN also provides information on their Blog and provides new resources and E-vents and training schedule in this newletter. To checkout and subscribe to the JAN E-Newsletter, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/enews/2014/Enews-V12-I4.htm
Cerebral Palsy (CP) is considered the most common childhood disability. It can result in life-long speech and language impairments, sensory deficits, intellectual disabilities, behavioral problems, and seizures. Rates of employment for people with CP in the United States are reported to be lower than for those with other types of disabilities. The purpose of this research was to learn how VR services affected employment outcomes among adults with CP. Five VR services were shown to play a central role in the employment success of people with CP: -- Job Placement Assistance --On-the-Job Training -- On-the-Job Support – Specifically, work and social skill development tailored specifically to the environment, workplace accommodations, and employee education about disability and consumer advocacy -- Maintenance – For example, food, clothing, shelter, and emergency healthcare -- Rehabilitation Technology – For example, adaptive tricycle (for therapeutic cycling), adapted vehicles, augmentative communication devices Other factors that affected employment outcomes included the individuals’ gender, age, educational level, and receipt of cash benefits (SSDI/SSI). Transition services in high school could be key to positive employment outcomes. Individuals who received cash benefits such as SSI and SSDI had reduced employment outcomes. Lack of information about work incentives programs, fear of losing benefits, or severity of disability may account for this. To access this study, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://research2vrpractice.org/research/initiatives
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has issued its training schedule for webcasts during the remainder of 2014 through 2015. JAN Webcasts are available at no cost. JAN is the most expert voice on accommodations for individuals with disabilities and is available to provide personal assistance to individuals, employers and others working with individuals with disabilities. The JAN Webcast Series will provide information on workplace trends, assistive technologies, management techniques, and the latest on accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All Webcasts in this series begin at 2 pm eastern and are 1 hour. To review the series and register, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/webcast/
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training has created a number of 30 Second Trainings for business. This 30 Second Training highlights the benefits to business of providing accommodations to an employee with a disability.. Click on Download Now to access this 30 Second Training.
The Department of Education's (DOE) Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has published the thirty-day notice on the Annual Performance Report for the State Grant for Assistive Technology Program in today’s Federal Register on September 10, 2014. Section 4 of the Assistive Technology (AT) Act of 1998, as amended, requires states to submit annual data reports. This instrument helps the grantees report annual data related to the required activities implemented by the State under the AT Act. This data is used by RSA in order to prepare required annual reports to Congress. RSA calls this data collection an Annual Progress Report. Comments on the FRN are due by October 10, 2014. To access the FRN, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-09-10/pdf/2014-21535.pdf
On September 10, 2014, the Bazelon Center released "Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness", a guide that details the benefits of getting people with serious mental illness into competitive employment through the use of supported employment services. Only about 1 in 10 people with a serious mental illness holds a full-time job. The statistic is not a reflection of lack of capacities or desires to be a part of the workforce: at least two-thirds want to work, and many have worked before. Employment has been widely recognized as a fundamental part of recovery and of community integration for people with serious mental illness. Yet, mental health systems have long operated under the mistaken assumption that people with serious mental illness cannot work. Getting to Work describes how supported employment services can change this, the successful outcomes they secure, the cost savings they produce for states, and how they enable states to fulfill their legal obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also offers recommendations to help states expand the availability of supported employment services for people with serious mental illness. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.bazelon.org/portals/0/Where%20We%20Stand/Community%20Integration/Olmstead/Getting%20to%20Work.pdf?utm_source=Getting to Work Report &utm_campaign=Getting to Work Report&utm_medium=email
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness of not meeting the goals of disability employment issues and honors the contributions of workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” There are multiple Computer and Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) resources available to help agencies participate in NDEAM and bring awareness to disability employment during the month of October and throughout the year. Resources include: - Online Trainings: CAP has created a series of online training modules. These modules help employers understand the process of hiring employees with disabilities and how to provide reasonable accommodations after they are hired. - Assistive Technology (AT) Videos: demonstration videos provide in-depth information on the most commonly requested accommodations and how these solutions can help employees with disabilities. CAP has 14 videos on their CAP YouTube Channel at: youtube.com/thedodcap. - Materials: Download free materials on CAP services, employment of individuals with disabilities, workplace accommodations, and ergonomics at cap.mil/newsevents/ marketing.aspx. - Poster: CAP has created a series of printable posters themed around reasonable accommodations for use at your agency. These posters are available for free download at cap.mil/newsevents/marketing/CAPPosters.aspx To access more information about NDEAM resources available through CAP, please click at View Page Now or go to: http://www.cap.mil/AboutCAP/News.aspx?id=625
Disability Scoop summarizes this study published in the Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP). "Even with intervention, many children with autism continue to struggle with communication, but new research suggests that using iPads and other tablets can help maximize language skills. In a study of 61 kids with autism ages 5 to 8, researchers found that those given access to a tablet with a speech-generating app during therapy were able to make “significant and rapid gains” in their use of language, far exceeding the progress of children who participated in treatment sessions alone. All of the children in the study were minimally verbal and participated in two to three hours of therapy each week for six months that focused on improving language, play skills and social gesturing like pointing. In addition to the therapy, half of the kids were given a tablet with a speech-generating app to use during the sessions. The app was programmed with pictures of objects being used in the therapy which allowed the child to touch an image and hear audio of an object’s name. Ultimately, children who used the tablets were more likely to begin using language on their own." To view the full JAACAP report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.jaacap.com/article/S0890-8567(14)00163-4/abstract