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
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.
Signed into law by President Obama last July, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) maintains a primary focus on assisting job seekers and workers with and without disabilities to succeed in the labor market and matching employers with skilled workers who may benefit from education, skills training, and career services. At a state and local level, Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) must engage in a unified strategic planning process that will enhance their focus on cross system collaboration (Title I Adult and Youth programs and services with Wagner-Peyser Employment Services and Title I of the Rehabilitation Act programs). This was the first of a four-part webinar series provided by the LEAD Center which is funded by the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Sign up for the remaining webinars in the series by going to the LEAD Center website at http://www.leadcenter.org: April 29, 2015 - WIOA and the Unified State Planning Process June 24, 2015 - WIOA Youth Services September 24, 2015 - Section 188, the nondiscrimination provisions of WIOA To view the WIOA from a Disability Perspective - Part 1, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/webinars/wioa-disability-perspective-overview-part-1-4
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 Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued Report No, GAO-15-113: Mental Health - HHS Leadership Needed to Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness in December 2014. GAO identified 112 federal programs that generally supported individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. Thirty of the 112 programs were identified by the agencies as specifically targeting individuals with serious mental illness. Four agencies—DOD, HHS, DOJ, and VA—reported that they obligated about $5.7 billion for programs that specifically targeted individuals with serious mental illness in fiscal year 2013. HHS is charged with leading the federal government’s public health efforts related to mental health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is required to promote coordination of programs relating to mental illness throughout the federal government. While coordination at the program level is important, it does not take the place of, or achieve the level of, leadership that GAO has previously found to be key to successful coordination and that is essential to identifying whether there are gaps in services and if agencies have the necessary information to assess the reach and effectiveness of their programs.To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/analysis/20150205GAOReport.pdf
As the overall economy continues to grow, more Americans with disabilities are earning a paycheck for the third consecutive month, reflecting a positive end to 2014, according to today's National Trends in Disability Employment – Monthly Update (nTIDE), issued by Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD). In the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Jobs Report released Friday, January 9, the labor force participation rate increased substantially from 29.1 percent in December 2013 to 31.7 percent in December 2014 (up 8.9 percent; 2.6 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. While for people without disabilities, the labor force participation rate only increased slightly from 70.9 percent in December 2013 to 71.8 percent in December 2014 (up 1.3 percent; 0.9 percentage points) for working-age people with disabilities. The labor force participation rate is the percentage of the population that is working or actively looking for work. To access more information on this announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: ttp://www.researchondisability.org/news-features/2015/01/09/ntide-jobs-report-solid-economic-gains-include-job-growth-for-americans-with-disabilities
This 90 minute webinar is scheduled for JWednesday, anuary 20, 2015, at 3:00 PM, EST. The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) has pursued asset development and financial capability activities to customers with disabilities accessing American Job Centers (AJC) through five rounds of grant awards to 26 states. An important and successful strategy to improve financial health to these and other low to moderate income AJC customers has been the delivery of free tax preparation on-line and on-site services established by the Internal Revenue Service such as FreeFile and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Another resource is the MyFreeTaxes Partnership has helped millions of taxpayers claim valuable tax credits and received refunds of more than $10 billion nationwide since 2009. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001434252296445893/info
The National Disability Institute (NDI) has long championed the ABLE Act as a critical strategy to providing a pathway to a better economic future for all people with disabilities. As the nation’s first nonprofit dedicated to improving the financial health and future of all people with disabilities, the organization has extensively documented and called attention to the daily reality and extra expenses associated with living with a disability, and the challenges of navigating the complex web of government rules to maintain public benefits eligibility. In recognition of this unprecedented legislation, NDI has created a list of 10 items about ABLE accounts that individuals with disabilities and their families should know: ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Must Know To view this ABLE Act Fact Sheet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/News.aspx?id=460
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
On November 10, 2014, the White House issued this video public service announcement on YouTube - "How the Affordable Care Act Helps People with Disabilities," It explains how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health coverage because of health history. Presented in American Sign Language, the PSA also has an English soundtrack that starts about 12 seconds into the video. To view the video, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9tAJAZhLM
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) accessibility website includes laws, regulations, and other resources on a number of different transportation issues that impact local, national, and international transit of people with disabilities. This includes requirements and guidance pertaining to air travel for people who use wheelchairs or scooters; resources for adaptive equipment to make vehicles accessible; mass transit requirements for people who are blind or have low-vision; resources for low-income procurement of vehicles; and other information. To view the DOT website, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dot.gov/accessibility
The Census Bureau issued this American Community Survey Brief in November 2014 that provides analysis iof veterans who served on active duty from August 1990 or later. Gulf War-era veterans who served since 1990 are the most recent cohort of wartime veterans and make up about 35 percent of the current working-age veteran population. They are also a large and growing segment of the veteran population, making them a cohort of particular interest, but about which minimal economic research has been done. Much of the past research on post-military economic outcomes of wartime veterans focused on Vietnam-era and World War II veterans. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acsbr13-22.pdf
On November 10, 2014,in honor of Veterans Day, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) released a new resource of leading employment practices and actionable tips for successfully recruiting, onboarding, supporting and retaining veterans within a company's workforce. The Employers' Guide for Welcoming and Supporting Wounded Warriors offers valuable tips on successful veterans' recruitment, as well as support and retention strategies, to avoid high turnover rates. This is especially significant for the nearly 50,000 federal contractor companies that are subject to new regulations on hiring protected veterans, including those with disabilities, under updates to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act. To access the guide, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://nod.org/research_publications/wwc_vets/employers_guide/?utm_source=2014 Veterans Day&utm_campaign=2014 Veterans Day%3A Employer Guide RMT %26 HuffPo&utm_medium=email
The public transportation industry is one of many industries that is facing a huge number of retirements in the next 10 years. To assist recruiting new workers to this industry, Rutgers University’s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, have partnered on the Transit Virtual Career Network online job portal. Visitors to the site can explore more than 50 different front-line transit-related occupations, learn what it takes to prepare for these jobs, identify local educational and training programs and tap into current job listings. Many don’t require a college education, but all require a high school degree. Users can set up a customized career management account that will allow them to save occupational preferences and other information. They also can find sources of financial aid and to develop requests for academic credit based on previous experience, such as military. The Heldrich Center also recently partnered on two other aspects of the Virtual Career Network: Health Care and Green Economy. To access this on-line transit industry career site, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.vcn.org/transit/
The November 4, 2014, issue of Forbes Magazine website issued an article entitled "Best Jobs for People with Disabilities." It featured the “Final Rule” of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which now sets revised requirements for employers with contracts with the federal governmentfor employing individuals with disabilities. "The new regulation prompted Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast, a job listing and advice website run by classified advertising software maker Adicio, to put together a list of best jobs for people with disabilities. The jobs are a sampling of some of the best jobs that people with disabilities are likely to get and perform with relative ease, according to Lee. These jobs also pay well and the outlook for growth is high, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics." The promising careers for individuals with disabilities include the following: -- Accountant: Average Annual Salary - $64,000; Projected Growth by 2020 - 13% -- Computer Support Specialist; $49,000; 17% Projected Growth -- Management Consultant; $79,000; 19% Projected Growth -- Market Research Analyst; $60,000; 32% Growth -- Pharmaceutical Sales; $58,000; 9% Projected Growth --Physician Assistant; $91,000; 38% Projected Growth -- Statistician; $76,000; 27% Projected Growth -- Vocational Counselor; $54,000; 12% Projected Growth To view the Forbes article, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/11/04/the-best-jobs-for-people-with-disabilities/
The 2014 edition of National Disability Policy: A Progress Report has added significance this year as the National Council on Disability (NCD) celebrates its 30th anniversary as an independent federal agency. The 2014 Progress Report details the status of people with disabilities from across the nation, providing policymakers, advocates, and other stakeholders with an overview of the progress the United States has made promoting and protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. Specifically, the 2014 Progress Report focuses on seven key areas: the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), employment access and inclusion, subminimum wage, education outcomes, Medicaid managed care, mental health care, and data trends in disability policy. The report identifies opportunities to promote public policies that contribute to a more inclusive environment. To access the full report, please click on Download Now or go to: http://www.ncd.gov/progress_reports/10312014
The Workforce3One Disability and Employment CoP Theme for November is on employment transportation options for job seekers with disabilities. It is generally recognized that transportation is one of the primary issues for people trying to attend training, job interviews, and obtaining/retaining employment. It is a particular challenge for individuals with disabilities with accessible vehicles and driving licensure not available for many of these individuals. Additionally, public transportation is often unavailable or unreliable. People with disabilities living in rural areas and seeking employment are particularly impacted by transportation problems. Workforce professionals often note that transportation barriers are one of their greatest challenges for many of their customers, including people with disabilities. An important partner to address these challenges is the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) which has done considerable work to address the workforce transportation challenges. It established their JobLinks Employment Transportation for Workforce Professionals website that includes resources and assistance to link job seekers to education and employment with helpful information on transportation relative to people with disabilities. To learn more about valuable resources to facilitate linking job seekers with employment, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/anmviewer.asp?a=2634&z=103
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is hosting a two-part webinar series focused on opportunities for the public workforce system and Registered Apprenticeship to partner in training U.S. workers for successful careers. The Part 1 webinar will be held on November 6, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time, and will provide an overview of the opportunities available for successful collaborations among the two systems to help prepare U.S. workers for successful careers. This session will highlight the Detroit Registered Apprentice Program (DRAP) and the innovative partnerships being used to promote and implement training through apprenticeship opportunities that meet Detroit-area industry and employer needs. Part 2 is scheduled on November 20, 2014, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time, and will help further examine successful partnership models and provide program examples to highlight current successful partnership and implementation strategies in use among the public workforce system and Registered Apprenticeship. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act has opened up new opportunities for connections between Registered Apprenticeship and the public workforce system to work together in training a new generation of workers ready to meet the demands of today's industry and employers. To register for Part 1, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001423143986500443/info
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued Training and Employment Notice 12-14 on October 17, 2014, to inform the public workforce system and employers about affirmative efforts by employers, employer organizations, and workforce agencies to increase economic competitiveness by tapping into the talent pool of long-term unemployed individuals, which includes many qualified, experienced, and skilled workers. ETA is hosting a webinar to share this information on Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00 PM, EST. DOL is encouraging the public workforce system to assist these individuals by: 1) Partnering with employers to implement promising human resources practices; 2) Targeting and espanding work-based learning models, such as on-the-job training; 3) Offering specialized services, such as financial counseling, behavioral health counseling, and enhanced job search assistance; and 4) Boosting job seeker outreach and engagement strategies to better reach the long-term unemployed. The TEN 12-14 is available at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=7919 To register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now.
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/