The primary focus of the survey was to determine how knowledgeable HR professionals are regarding various governmental incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition, the survey sought to find out how many companies actually take advantage of employer incentives and who in companies make decisions about using them. A secondary focus of the survey was to assess HR professionals’ attitudes and opinions regarding the impact of the ADA on the employment of individuals with disabilities; determine the level of effort companies expend in recruiting individuals with disabilities; and gain insight into senior managements' personal experiences with disabilities. Furthermore, the survey sought the opinions of HR professionals on how best to improve the employment of individuals with disabilities
People with disabilities can work and want to work. Given the growing body of evidence that demonstrates that workers with disabilities meet or exceed the job performance of co-workers without disabilities, the continuing high unemployment rate and low labor force participation rate of people with disabilities deprive the nation of a valuable pool of talent. Increasing the employment of people with disabilities produces significant benefits to the economy, the nation, and people with disabilities themselves.
“Diversity” may often be associated solely with individuals who represent multi-cultural minority groups. However, it is representative of individuals who exhibit a myriad of unique and differing attributes, characteristics and life experiences. Diversity is evident in aspects of race, culture, religion, age, language, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, class and any traits which make us different from one another. Along with the nation’s growing diversity is a rise in globalization, in which communities, cultures and economies around the world have become more interconnected through the expansion of technology, communication and trade. As a result, all types of associations and the public sector must aim for the highest quality and most effective workforce to compete in a global marketplace.
Webinar: Explores serving individuals with disabilities in a demand-driven system and ways to be responsive to employers by promoting the employment of people with disabilities as an untapped labor source of qualified workers. It shares practices for making the business case for hiring people with disabilities and working with employers. Resources such as web-sites, business cases, fact sheets, employer toolkits, and other materials to use with employers when promoting the recruitment and retention of people disabilities are presented.
This webinar is part of the National Disability Institute's (NDI) Financial Wellness Series and will be held on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time. NDI will provide information on the numerous underutilized tax deductions and credits available to individuals with disabilities and their families. For example, the Earned Income Tax Credit has been said to be the most effective anti-poverty measure in America, lifting 6.2 million above the poverty line in 2013. Join this webinar to learn about favorable tax credits as well as the numerous reliable resources for completing your tax returns for FREE. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Network and will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Join National Disability Institute and Corporation for Enterprise Development CFED’s Taxpayer Opportunity Network to learn about tools and resources available for the upcoming tax season. Each year, many taxpayers with disabilities unnecessarily spend an average of $210 on tax preparer fees and miss out on claiming valuable tax credits they are eligible to receive. That is why improving access to free tax preparation services and favorable tax credits for persons with disabilities are two key strategies NDI focuses on each year. This webinar will provide an overview of the Taxpayer Opportunity Network including tools and resources they have available to support free tax preparation services in the upcoming tax season. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3b4f009619f2d40eaf4ca2ccb98eac34
This webinar is sponsored by the Northeast ADA Center and will be held on September 9, 2015, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Time. The webinar will address how businesses and agencies can ensure they are accessible to the rapidly expanding market that is people with disabilities, including people with acquired, age-related disabilities. It will serve as the first of two webinars on the topic, the second of which will address specific common scenarios. Participation is free but registration is required. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.edi.cornell.edu/register/index.cfm?event=5069
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
National Disability Institute's (NDI) ABLE National Resource Center is sponsoring this webinar that will be held on July 14, 2015 from 3:00 – 4:30 PM Eastern Time Speakers: -- Michael Morris, National Disability Institute -- Chris Rodriguez, National Disability Institute -- Stuart Spielman, Autism Speaks -- Sara Weir, National Down Syndrome Society Heather Sachs, National Down Syndrome Society -- Marty Ford, The Arc On June 19th, Treasury and IRS released proposed regulations to guide states in the establishment of ABLE programs and allowing the creation of tax advantaged savings accounts to benefit eligible individuals with disabilities. The webinar will provide an overview of the regulations, a discussion of both positive and challenging provisions, and explain next steps for the federal and state governments. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/
National Council on Disability Releases Transportation Access and Policy Report at Quarterly Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA On Monday, May 4,2015, the National Council on Disability (NCD), released a comprehensive assessment on surface transportation for people with disabilities. Their report outlines both the progress made in the last decade and details the persistent barriers that remain. “Much has happened in the last decade. More people with disabilities are riding public transit than ever before and yet, in many areas, significant barriers to ground transportation for Americans with disabilities remain pervasive,” said NCD Chair, Jeff Rosen. “For Americans with Disabilities many transportation services remain stuck in neutral. For many Americans with Disabilities the prospects and possibilities for going to and from work, school and recreational activities are stuck in neutral. NCD’s report addresses the broad range of surface transportation, including these, and makes recommendations policymakers should use to address these barriers promptly.” To obtain more information on this report and for access to the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2015/05042015/
In April 2015, the National Disability Institute (NDI) issued this report that is based on data mined from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s 2013 National Survey on Unbanked and Underbanked Households. The report highlights the nearly 50 percent unbanked and underbanked status and financial behaviors of people with disabilities. This report provides much-needed quantitative data that – until now – has been missing in research being conducted at the intersection of the disability and asset development communities. Included in this report are recommendations for policy and program changes to address the financial and behavioral challenges that individuals with disabilities identify as barriers to being fully banked, a key aspect of financial inclusion. Highlights include: -- Among households headed by working-age persons with disability, nearly one-fifth were unbanked (18.4 percent) and more than one-fourth were underbanked (28.1 percent). -- Households headed by working-age persons with disability were significantly more likely to report using alternative financial services than households headed by those without disability (46.7 percent vs. 35.1 percent, respectively). -- Households headed by working-age persons with disability were significantly less likely to have a savings account (with or without a checking account) compared to households headed by those without disability (46.7 percent vs. 72.5 percent, respectively). These findings amplify what was learned last year with the release of the NDI report, Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/data/files/reports/NDI_banking_status_financial_behaviors_report_2015.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 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.
The U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating with four other federal agencies – the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute for Museum and Library Services – to launch the Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth - known as P3. This P3 initiative will fund up to 10 pilots, with start-up grants of up to $700,000, to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for targeted disconnected youth. What’s innovative about P3 is the flexibility it allows the pilot programs to blend together funds that they already receive from different federal sources, to increase program impact. The availability of grant funds was announced on Grants.gov on November 24, 2014 and the closing date for applications is March 4, 2015. To obtain more information about P3 and grant application requirements, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269790
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 United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) has convened a national conference on November 19, 2014, in Washington, D.C. The conference is a “call to action where USCCF announces its plans to build a national movement by partnering with employers in regions and communities across the country to advance talent supply chain solutions." In conjunction with the conference, USCCF has released a new report: Managing the Talent Pipeline: A New Approach to Closing the Skills Gap. USCCF notes: “This white paper begins by examining the challenge and need for a ‘demand-driven’ system. From there, it introduces supply chain management and explores key lessons that inform how employers can improve their partnerships with education and workforce providers. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/sites/default/files/media-uploads/Managing%20the%20Talent%20Pipeline_0.pdf
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 National Disability Institute (NDI) is hosting this webinar on the FINRA report on Wed, November 12, 2014, 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST. For the first time, research provides a glimpse of the financial barriers that people with disabilities face. Using information from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2012 National Financial Capability Study, NDI examined financial capability among people with and without disabilities. Join us to better understand the study's major findings and NDI's recommendations to accelerate system changes in policy and practice to improve the financial capability of this target population. People with disabilities comprise 12-19% of the U.S. population and experience significant disparities in employment and participation in the labor force and are far more likely to live in or near poverty than other Americans. Although these disparities are well-documented, until now, we have had little understanding of the financial practices and financial capability of people with disabilities. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA)is hosting a webinar on November 4, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Eastern Time. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) emphasizes sector partnership strategies as key elements of a successful workforce system. ETA will be providing a webinar series to showcase the opportunities ahead. Join the series to learn from states and local areas who are leaders in the use of sector strategies to improve their local economies and deliver for job seekers and employers. This November 4th webinar features Kentucky’s work with economic development, workforce development and education partners in this first of the Building Sector Strategies webinar series. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001428739480318011/info