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/
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
Thi Policy Forum and Live Webinar is scheduled for Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. EST, and sponsored by the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative and the Center for Studying Disability Policy at Mathematical Policy Research. Each year, millions of workers in the United States lose their jobs or leave the workforce after their ability to work has been disrupted by a medical condition. Keeping these workers in the labor force could help them maintain their standard of living; stay productive; and avoid dependency on Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicare, and other federal programs. As part of the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Policy Collaborative—funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy—three expert-led policy workgroups have developed actionable policy recommendations to help workers keep their jobs if they experience a potentially career-ending medical condition. At this forum, the leaders of each workgroup will share their insights and address the central question: How can we reduce the number of workers who eventually lose their jobs due to a medical condition? To register for the Policy Forum or Live Webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/events/csdp-forum-october-2015-promoting-stay-at-work?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=CSDP%20Forum%20Reminder%2010%2022%2015%20(2)&utm_content=&spMailingID=12659472&spUserID=Njc2ODkyNzQ1MTcS1&spJobID=640873925&spReportId=NjQwODczOTI1S0
On September 17, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the award of grants to six states totaling $14,911,243 to improve employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants to Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, New York and Washington are being awarded as part of the Disability Employment Initiative, a joint initiative of the department's Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. To view the DOL News Release, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20151843.htm
National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (EARN) has issued a Fact Sheet to help employers capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities offer America’s workplaces. The Federal Government offers a number of tax credits for employers. Overall, these incentives are intended to serve two purposes: 1) to encourage the hiring of individuals with disabilities, and 2) to support modifications and accommodations designed to enhance the accessibility of the workplace and productivity of workers with disabilities. This new Employer TA Center fact sheet provides an overview of these incentives and links to further information. To access the Fact Sheet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askearn.org/docs/AskEarn_TaxIncentives_factsheet.pdf
On June 2, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued this report in Training and Employment Notice (TEN) Number 32-14. The TEN provides information on recommended strategies and resources for increasing effective service delivery for youth with disabilities. Findings include that the majority of LWIBs have dedicated some level of resources to enhance their capacity to effectively serve youth with disabilities. Examples include appointing constituent advocates to the Workforce Investment Board or Youth Council, hiring staff dedicated to serving those with disabilities, conducting targeted outreach and/or providing specialized staff development or employer training. However, many LWIBs also make proactive efforts to expand their resource and stakeholder base through the formation of partnerships with other organizations. As an example, nearly nine out of 10 LWIBs have partnerships with both vocational rehabilitation (89 percent) and secondary schools and alternative schools (87 percent). Please click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=5716
This YouTube Video features a student with an Intellectual Disability interviewing other transitioning students with and without disabilities who are participating in work experience activities. The event is sponsored by Idaho's Disability Employment Initiative project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration in coordination with the Office of Disability Employment Policy.
This webinar will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST and hosted by the LEAD Center and Griffin Hammis Associates. They will discuss "Self-guided Discovery." a new opportunity for training and technical assistance at the LEAD Center. CE has been particularly effective in supporting people with more significant disabilities or complex barriers to employment in achieving competitive integrated employment outcomes. For more information about this initiative, view the application. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
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 grant opportunity for Employment and Training Administration with FOA-ETA-15-08 has been modified. It now has the following: Opportunity Number: FOA-ETA-15-08 Opportunity Title: Disability Employment Initiative – Round VI CFDA Number: 17.283 CFDA Title: Workforce Innovation Fund Competition ID : FOA-ETA-15-08 Opening Date: 04/13/2015 Closing Date: 06/11/2015 The following are the comments entered by the Grantor Agency for the application package change: " There are no changes to the application package. " Some of the changes made for this package require that you re-download the new application package from the following: http://www.grants.gov/applicants/download-application-package.html?oppId=216166&fromEmail=true or by clicking on View Page Now.
On April 13, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $15 million for the sixth round of Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grants. Grants will be awarded to state workforce agencies to develop flexible and innovative strategies to increase the participation of people with disabilities in federally funded education and training programs. DEI is a a joint program of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Since 2010, the department has awarded grants worth more than $95 million through the DEI to 37 state workforce agencies in 26 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. The funds are used to refine and expand workforce strategies proven to be successful, and enhance inclusive service delivery through the public workforce system. Improvements include: increasing the accessibility of American Job Centers; training front-line AJC and partner staff; and increasing partnerships and collaboration across numerous systems that are critical for assisting youth and adults with disabilities in securing meaningful employment. The closing date for application submission is June 11, 2015. To access the press release that includes links to the Announcement of Funding Opportunity (OFA) is available by clicking View Page Now or going to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20150627.htm
As part of the Federal Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative, this Resource Guide for Employers was developed and released in February 2015. It is targeted to businesses of all sizes, the publication addresses leading practices in four key areas: 1) hiring (including recruiting youth and veterans with disabilities; 2) retention and promotion; 3) providing reasonable accommodations; and 4) understanding responsibilities under the ADA, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other related regulations. To access a PDF version of the guide, please click on Download Now.
The February theme for the Disability and Employment CoP is focused on Integrated Resource Team (IRT) strategies in American Job Centers. IRTs were initially used by the Disability Program Navigator grants and has been an essential component of the Disability Employment Initiative and represent partnership and collaboration to address the needs of a person with a disability or multiple challenges to employment. This resource is a demonstration video of a workforce center in Portland, OR, and their DPN bringing together different partners on behalf of an individual who is deaf. Although created in 2010, it is a timely representation of job center staff facilitating access to career pathway through mechanical training curriculum in a community college, and a moving example of the power of cross-agency collaboration. To view this video, please click on View Page Now or go to:. https://disability.workforce3one.org/view/4200927376315461065/info
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
The Washington Post front page article on Sunday, October 19, 2014, profiled the huge backlog of disability claims and the Administrative Law Judge process that adjudicates these appeals. The Washington Post reports the SSA disability appeals backlog is now 990,399 cases behind with another 663,000 applications and 170,000 appeals pending. SSA currently supports 1,445 Administrative Law Judges. To view this article, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/national/2014/10/18/the-biggest-backlog-in-the-federal-government/
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
This booklet on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been published by the ADA National Network and has been adapted from “The Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers” document produced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, October 2008 version. This publication was produced as a collaborative project by the ADA National Network, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. The booklet is designed to provide answers to some of the most often asked questions about the ADA. To access a PDF version of the booklet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://adata.org/sites/adata.org/files/files/ADANN_FAQbooklet_2-19.pdf
Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) issued this report that contains national and state-level statistics on the number of participants in federal disability programs, drawn and produced from administrative data, relative to the estimated size of the working-age population with any self-reported disability based on the American Community Survey (ACS). For Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) combined, cross-state variation in the participation ratio is remarkably wide, with the two highest estimates (Massachusetts and New York) being more than twice as large as the lowest estimate (Alaska). There is also considerable variation across states in the distribution of participants across the three program categories (SSDI-only, SSI-only, and concurrent SSDI and SSI). The variation in combined Medicare and Medicaid participation across states follows a similar pattern as for SSDI and SSI, but is somewhat greater, mostly reflecting the extent to which each state’s Medicaid program covers individuals with disabilities who are neither SSDI nor SSI participants. To obtain the full report: please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/national-and-state-program-participation-ratios-for-workingage-people-with-disabilities?spMailingID=9233987&spUserID=MTU0MDAwODMyMwS2&spJobID=361295984&spReportId=MzYxMjk1OTg0S0
The U. S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announced the issuance by Social Dynamics, Inc., (SD) by the Third Year Interim Synthesis Evaluation Report of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). The Evaluation includes quantitative and qualitative analysis of Round 1 DEI grantees: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. The Evaluation highlights the success of implementing Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs) particularly at the state project level as well as other DEI strategies. To view the full PDF version of the Evaluation Report, please click on Download Now.
On June 10, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the availability of funding, totaling $60 million, to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces in 2014-2015. Navigators provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. “Navigators have been an important resource for the millions of Americans who enrolled in coverage in 2014. This funding ensures this work will continue next year, including during the open enrollment period for the Marketplaces,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible individuals, as well as private and public entities, applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. It is open to new and returning Navigator applicants, and applications are due by July 10, 2014. To access the funding opportunity announcement, visit: http://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.332. For more information about Navigators, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/exchanges/assistance.html