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
This webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EST, is sponsored by National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE). The September national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules. Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives, frequently asked questions, and where to find more information. You will hear from Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts about resources especially for young adults in transition: -- Tips and resources for transition to employment -- The Youth Transitions Collaborative -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives for young adults To register fro this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinars-tutorials/
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center debuted At Your Service, a 20-minute film about customer service, as part of the Hospitality and Disability Initiative of the ADA National Network. The film addresses best practices and features national disability leaders offering insights, tips, and recommendations on how to provide exemplary customer service to individuals with disabilities. The film was produced in partnership with Storyline Motion Pictures. Click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.adahospitality.org/at-your-service
The US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has released a new interactive tool to help federal contractors assess their compliance with the affirmative action program (AAP) requirements of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Checklist for Compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was developed by OFCCP in coordination with the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. While contractors are not required to use it (and using it doesn't ensure compliance), doing so may prove beneficial in enhancing awareness of AAP obligations and flagging potential problem areas in need of correction. To access this interactive tool on Section 503, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/ChecklistforCompliancewithSection503_JRF_QA_508c.pdf
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Multimedia Training Microsite provides training resources that may be used in group training or by individuals. They may easily be incorporated into larger training events. Some resources are for general audiences, some are quite specific. Also incorporate archived JAN Webcasts and podcasts to your training curriculum. To access JAN's Multimedia Training Mircrosite, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/training/library.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
This webinar will be held on June 24, 2015, 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST and is hosted by the LEAD Center. This is the third webinar in a four-part series, "WIOA from a Disability Perspective." This month's webinar will address cross-system collaboration and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities. Please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/webinars
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.
On May 13, 2015, the LEAD Center published this new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resource that offers an approach consistent with the most innovative and cutting edge human resource practices. Its signature strategy, Discovery, offers an approach for job seekers with barriers to employment that is consistent with some of the most widely accepted strategies for successful career development. Customized Employment and Discovery are not necessarily appropriate or desirable for all AJC job seekers with disabilities or other barriers to employment, but the strategies provide “non-traditional” options and choices – both for job seekers and AJC staff. If you want to know more about how American Job Centers can effectively implement Customized Employment and Discovery, take a moment to read these FAQs. To view these FAQs, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/faqs-using-customized-employment-s-discovery-and-group-discovery-models-promote-job-seeker-success-american-job-centers
015 Theme Announced for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month "My Disability Is One Part of Who I Am" is the theme for this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy announced the official theme for the October observance. NDEAM is a nationwide effort that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
? 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
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.
In February 2015, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a partner of the Employer Technical Assistance (TA) Center, drafted and disseminated a brief outlining policies states can use to encourage and support the hiring, retention and promotion of people with disabilities. The publication identifies states that have successfully implemented such policies and is part of the Employer TA Center's collaborative efforts to encourage states to become model employers of individuals with disabilities. To view the NCSL brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.askearn.org/docs/Employment%20for%20People%20with%20Disabilities%20Reed.PDF
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
The Conference Board recently released a report on challenges to and strategies for encouraging disability disclosure based on a survey of 98 companies. Titled "Do Ask, Do Tell," the report was developed with support from ODEP's National Employer Policy Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center). To access the article, please click on View Page Now or go to http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2915 Please note that you may need to register on their website to access the article.