This webinar was presented on October 22, 2015 and is archived on Workforce3One. It is targeted to public workforce system staff responsible for delivering services under the Workforce Investment Act/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIA/WIOA). It covers the Integrated Resource Team (IRT) approach and how it assisted WIA program staff in serving and achieving employment outcomes and performance measures for populations that experience multiple challenges to employment. Implications for this practice under WIOA will be discussed. Please click on View Page Now to access this webinar archive and related materials, or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001527131330271455/info
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued technical assistance on the obligation of testing entities, both private and public, to ensure that the test scores of individuals with disabilities accurately reflect the individual's aptitude, achievement, or the skill that the exam purports to measure, rather than his or her disability. The document discusses who is entitled to testing accommodations, what types of testing accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations. The document also discusses prohibited flagging policies and how test scores for test-takers receiving disability-related accommodations should be reported. For a copy of the Guidance Document, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ada.gov/regs2014/testing_accommodations.html or to To find out more about the ADA, visit www.ada.gov or call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TDD).
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
The narrative within this document offers an additional level of detail related to the activities identified in the Sample Integrated Resource Team (IRT) flow through WIA Intensive and Training Services chart. This information is meant to provide a cursory overview of the two potential customer flow scenarios that can take place after the customer attends Job Center orientation.
Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Projects build upon the Disability Program Navigator initiative by hiring staff with expertise in disability and workforce development to serve as Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs). DEI Projects support extensive partnerships, collaboration and service coordination across multiple workforce, generic, and disability systems in each state. These involve state vocational rehabilitation agencies, mental health and developmental disability agencies, Medicaid Infrastructure Grant-supported activities, independent living centers, business leadership networks, and other community-based and nonprofit organizations. As one of the seven major strategic components of the DEI, the Integrated Resource Team (IRT) model represents a strategy that a local workforce area can use to provide an increased level of support to a job seeker with a disability. The purpose of this set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) is to clarify the IRT concept and offer guidance on the potential role of a DRC in introducing the IRT approach and facilitating an IRT with an individual job seeker.
Since the inception of the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative in 2003, Disability Navigators have focused on the coordination of integrated services to job seekers with multiple challenges to employment. With considerable knowledge on resources within the public workforce investment system and in the community, Navigators often see the “big picture” or the many pieces needed to form the puzzle. This information brief highlights the use of Integrated Resource Teams, which represent one significant approach DPNs are using to bring together multiple partners across service systems helping to build teams who work together to combine resources and help job seekers reach employment.
This video highlights how the Disability Program Navigator facilitated an Integrated Resource Team within a One-Stop Career Center (Worksource Center, Portland, Oregon) to blend and braid resources around the employment needs of an individual job seeker with disabilities. This video tells the story of how the Integrated Resource Team (IRT) approach was successful in assisting a job seeker who is deaf to receive training at his local community college and a paid internship, with the goal of finding a higher paying job.
? The NDI Technical Assistance Team (NDI team) has developed a hypothetical case scenario to help Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs) and other project staff see the connections between the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) required and strategic service delivery components that ultimately leads to a better understanding of how the different pieces work together. Vignette 2 includes the storyline:of Sophie (DRC) actively representing how to organize and implement an Integrated Resource Team (IRT) meeting supporting both David and Wendy. To view these case scenarios, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001321461898858783
The Disability and Employment Community of Practice is focusing January on asset development and financial health strategies made available through American Job Centers (AJCs(, including financial capability training and free tax preparation. Since the inception of the Department of Labor’s Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a primary focus of grant activities has been directed to asset development in the understanding that employment stability and retention is frequently dependent upon the individual’s ability to manage income. This is particularly the case for individuals with disabilities or other significant challenges to employment who often enter or return to work in low wage positions that provide minimal income to sustain the fundamental needs of housing, transportation, food and health care. Individuals with disabilities receiving benefits are additionally in need of benefits planning advice that has often been incorporated in the DEI Disability Resource Coordinator skills made available in grantee workforce investment areas. DEI’s Technical Assistance provided by the National Disability Institute has developed resources and tools to assist grantees as well as the workforce system at-large. These include a number of asset development 30 Second Trainings which can be very helpful in introducing financial well-being to AJC customers. To access these trainings, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001315838823672830 Please continue to check the Disability and Employment CoP throughout January for other asset development resources.
This resource guide was developed by the National Disability Institute under its contract with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to provide technical assistance to Disability Employment Initiative and the workforce system at-large. It provides Workforce Employment Networks with the following information: -- Ticket to Work basics -- The Basics of Social Security Benefits -- First Step in EN Operations: EN Suitability -- Enrolling in the eProcesses- a Must! -- Service Delivery Flow Charts -- Understanding the Three Key EN Operational Tasks: 1)Ticket Holder Identification - Marketing and Outreach; 2) Ticket Assignment - Creating the Employment Plan; 3) EN Payments - ePay, the Simplified Approach to EN Payments -- Additional Resources Please note: this Guide is a fluid document and will be updated as needed. To access a PDF version of the Guide, please click on Download Now.
The Disability and Employment Community of Practice (CoP) is focusing on the importance and relevance of the pubic workforce system and its engagement with the Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work (TTW) program. The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has worked with SSA over a number of years to promote the use of One-Stop Centers, now American Job Centers, to serve Ticket Holders and being an Employment Network or involved with Partnership Plus and state vocational rehabilitation agencies. In November 2014 ETA hosted a webinar on this topic which is an excellent introduction to the effectiveness state or local workforce systems becoming Employment Networks (ENs) entitled "Disability Employment Initiative Workforce Employment Networks: Lessons Learned on Serving Ticketholders in the American Job Centers" This webinar will provided Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantees and workforce development professionals with key lessons learned from the DEI Workforce Employment Networks that resulted in positive employment outcomes for job seekers receiving Social Security disability benefits. Participants attending the webinar learned about: -- Key developments and practices of DEI workforce Employments Networks for successful outcomes; -- The challenges of operating a Workforce Employment Network and pitfalls to avoid; -- Performance trends of workforce Employment Networks and how to experience success at the local AJC level; and -- About two real case stories of customers who accessed AJC services and their successful employment outcomes. To access this webinar, please click on View Page Now which will bring you to the Workforce 3 One video archive, or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001424737638913998/info
Iowa Workforce Development have developed and implemented an integrated policy model for job seekers with disabilities that has improved services for all workforce customers in Iowa. They developed their integrated policy, in part, through Iowa's Disability Employment Initiative Grant.. ? The Iowa policy provides guidance to local workforce regions in being responsive to job seekers who disclose a disability in Iowa?s Integrated Service Delivery Model which supports the objective of full and effective inclusion of Iowans with disabilities in the employment service system and in the industry of their communities. To view the Iowa Integrated Policies, please click on View Page Now.
The Department of Defense (DoD)Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools and training to ensure military Service Members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life, including whether pursuing education, finding a job, or starting their own business. The DoD TAP website includes access to: 1) Individual Transition Plan to provide a framework to achieve realistic career goals based on an assessment of your personal and family needs as well as your unique skills, knowledge, experience, interests and abilities. 2) Military Fields & Civilian Equivalents to give Services Members a quick reference tool to see similar civilian career fields to their military specialty. 3) MOC Crosswalk Gap Analysis to translate military skills, training and experience into identification of required civilian credentialing appropriate for civilian jobs. To access the DoD TAP website click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.dodtap.mil/index.html
The goal of the South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy, I is to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18-24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. Through the DEI grant, SD created this informative video profiling individuals speaking about their decisions regarding disclosing their disability. SD describes the purpose of the video: Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: “Should I or shouldn’t I disclose my disability?” This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you. Below is a video developed by South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative with personal testimonies by South Dakotans on their choice to disclose or not disclose their disability in the education and workplace setting.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has developed an on-line tool for money management with clients and they would appreciate feedback on this resource. Last year, CFPB developed Your Money, Your Goals: A Financial Empowerment Toolkit for Social Services. The work began with a scan of existing programs and culminated with a field test in which local organizations trained 1,400 frontline social services staff on the toolkit. CFPB is designing the modular toolkit to give case managers and other staff easy access to a wide range of basic money management information and tools. In addition to information for staff on how and when to introduce the materials, it will include a client assessment that equips users to identify the topics most relevant and timely for their individual clients. The CFPB is requesting input from stakeholders on use of this draft tool, including features you would like to see features you’d like to see in an online, interactive toolkit. Let CFPB know at Empowerment@cfpb.gov. Check out the preview module at: consumerfinance.gov/your-money-your-goals
As part of ongoing technical assistance, the Employment and Training Administration's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Technical Assistance Team, NDI, created a series of 30-Second Trainings that address Job Center Access. These trainings were developed for Disability Resource Coordinators and other workforce professionals to share with their Job Center staff and partners. In addition to creating the American Job Center Access 30-Second Training Series, the NDI Team also created an American Job Center Access Resource Guide that will serve as a "take-away" or desk-top resource for Job Center staff and partners. This guide contains useful information and resources found in the correct answers of the American Job Center Access 30-Second Trainings and other national, regional, state, and local resources that can support Job Center staff and partners in serving job seekers with disabilities. To access the series and resource guide, please click on Download or go to: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001403833465878171
The General Accountability Office (GAO) provided testimony on "Financial Literacy: Overview of Federal Activities, Progress, and Challenges, on April 30, 2014.to the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, House Committee on Financial Services. Giving Americans the information they need to make effective financial decisions is key to their financial well-being. The federal government plays a role in promoting financial literacy, which encompasses financial education—the process by which individuals improve their knowledge and understanding of financial products, services, and concepts. The federal role evolved with the creation of the Commission in 2003 and CFPB in 2010. This testimony provides an (1) overview of federal financial literacy activities and agency roles, and (2) update on the progress made in addressing GAO’s recommendations in this area. GAO makes no new recommendations in this testimony, but reiterates its July 2012 recommendations for the Commission to identify options for consolidating federal financial literacy efforts and address the allocation of federal resources in its national strategy. The Commission agreed with these recommendations Highlights pf the testimony are available at: http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/662834.pdf
Road Map to Success: West Palm Beach, Florida The Roadmap to Success (R2S) is a comprehensive six-stage process designed to increase CareerSource of Palm Beach County's capacity to help job seekers with disabilities to reach their full potential. The Roadmap to Success describes the Bestwork Assessment tool and how it is being used in the Job Centers. The six stage Roadmap to Success is available by clicking on Download. For more information, contact: Maryann Macdonald Garrett, FCWP 3 Director, Client Services, Central Career Center 561.340.1060 ext. 2377 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gene Wheeler, Director, Organizational Development Center for Business Excellence 561.853.0181 ext. 2006 | email@example.com