This LEAD Center webinar has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 24, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, EST. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) provides new opportunities for American Job Centers (AJCs) to partner with Centers for Independent Living (CILs) leading to improved employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities. To support these partnerships, the LEAD Center recently released the Independence Through Employment Toolkit, a collection of resources for CILs and AJCs to deepen their understanding of each other’s services and structure to improve the lives of job seekers with disabilities through employment. The toolkit provide Centers for Independent Living with a basic understanding of WIOA and AJC services to encourage referrals to AJCs as a free community-based support for individuals with employment goals. The comprehensive services provided by CILs, to advocate for and support the independence of individuals with disabilities, is a perfect match with the focus of the public workforce system. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, conducted this review to provides practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a transparent, systematic assessment of the quality of research evidence supporting approaches to improve the employment-related outcomes of low-income individuals. To access this HHS study, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://employmentstrategies.acf.hhs.gov/
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD-Youth) is promoting statewide implementation of quality comprehensive career development programs and activities as a promising strategy that states can use to achieve the dual goals of college and career readiness for all high school students. This guide is designed to support states in their efforts to increase college and career readiness among all youth, including youth with disabilities, by providing functional and pragmatic guidance on implementing quality comprehensive systems of career development. The Guide consists of two parts. Part one serves as a primer to quality youth career development systems. Part two serves as an implementation guide including resources, promising practices, and challenges encountered by states that have implemented career development programming in their schools. To access this guide, please click on View Page Now or go to http://www.ncwd-youth.info/StateCareerDevelopment
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 Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has issued Disability Etiquette in honor of National Disability Awareness Month. The norms for being courteous and respectful to people with disabilities, including co-workers, are generally the same as those for being courteous and respectful to all people. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportune time to ensure employees, especially those who may be new to an organization, understand this. To help in doing so, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network offers a primer, including tips for communicating with people with different types of disabilities. To access this resource, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askearn.org/refdesk/Inclusive_Workplaces/Etiquette
This webinar is hosted by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network and will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time. In this webinar, participants will learn about a wide range of "stay at work" and "return to work" strategies employers can use to help valued employees stay at work or return to work following the onset of illness or disability. These strategies can reduce workers' compensation costs and health-related absences while increasing productivity and retaining essential human capital. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askearn.org/m-events.cfm?show=day&CURRENTDATE=10%2027%202015
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) created a new “Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation” pocket card. The pocket card helps applicants, employees and other interested parties understand the process for requesting a reasonable accommodation. The card uses simple language and answers these four common questions about seeking a reasonable accommodation: -- What is a reasonable accommodation? -- How do I request a reasonable accommodation? -- What do I need to tell my employer? -- What happens after the request is made? The pocket card is a part of OFCCP’s continuing outreach and education efforts to stakeholders regarding their rights under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. More information and technical assistance tools on Section 503 is available on OFCCP’s Web site at (www.dol.gov/ofccp). To access the Pocket Card, please click on View Page Now.
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), has released this video encouraging individuals with disabilities to voluntarily self-identify. The video explains why companies doing business with the federal government ask job applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify if they have a disability, and the important role that self-identifying plays in ensuring equal employment opportunity for people with disabilities. OFCCP, as part of its ongoing efforts to support greater self-identification by individuals with disabilities, created this video to explain why voluntary self-identification is a good thing. Contractors may wish to download and post this video on their Intranet or company Web sites to share with their employees and job applicants who may be reluctant to self-identify, or who may not understand why they are being asked to self-identify. Disability organizations and community groups may also wish to share the video with their members to encourage them to voluntarily self-identify when invited to do so by an employer that is a federal contractor. To view this video, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/SelfIdVideo.html
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has replaced the CareerOneStop's Employer Locater with the new Business Finder. The Business Finder includes enhanced features and streamlined design. Aligned with CareerOneStop’s overall redesign, improvements include a single search box to enter your preferred search criteria, an easy-to-read results page, and improved filters to help you narrow your results. Job seekers can learn about businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that may be hiring in their local area. They can locate nearly 12 million employers by business name, industry, occupation, or location. For each business, they will find basic information including addresses and phone numbers for contacting them about potential job openings. Other uses for the Business Finder include: -- Targeting a job search. Job seekers or counselors can get a list of organizations likely to employ people in your occupation or industry, and contact them to inquire about job openings. -- Job interview research. Job seekers can find basic information about businesses, and research their competitors or suppliers to be ready for interview questions. -- Industry research. Businesses, economic developers, students, or job seekers can identify businesses in any industry by city, state, or regional area. To access the CareerOneStop's Business Finder, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/jobs/business-finder.aspx
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 Job Accommodation Network (JAN) E-news (August 2015) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA by encouraging businesses to educate the workforce about the ADA and disability employment issues. Informing employees, beyond simply posting an equal opportunity poster, can benefit businesses by creating a more knowledgeable and inclusive workforce, reducing the likelihood of discrimination through awareness, and improving productivity by recognizing value in providing reasonable accommodations. The E-news includes many ways to educate the workforce about the ADA and reasonable accommodation. To access this this month's JAN E-news, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/enews/2015/Enews-V13-I3.htm#5
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 is hosted by the LEAD Center Webinar on June 24, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. It is the third webinar in a four-part series, "WIOA from a Disability Perspective." This month's webinar, "Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services," will address cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities. All LEAD Center webinars are captioned and presentation materials are sent to participants in advance of the webinar. For any other reasonable accommodation requests, please contact Brittany Taylor at email@example.com. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
The National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center) recently published a new fact sheet for employers summarizing tax incentives for which employers who employ people with disabilities may be eligible. 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 tax 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 fact sheet provides a brief overview of available federal tax incentives and what they mean to employers. To access this Fact Sheet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askearn.org/docs/AskEarn_TaxIncentives_factsheet.pdf
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides access to archived JAN Webcasts at no cost. Gather your employees together in a room for in-service training. Educate yourself, management, and other employees on disability etiquette, assistive technologies, management techniques, and the latest on accommodations and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each accessible Webcast is approximately one hour in length. Archive topics include: 1) Drugs and Alcohol under the ADA, 2) Time, Attendance, and Leave Issues, 3) Current Events in Job Accommodation, and 4) Inclusive Workplaces/Disclosure. You can also access archives of the Federal series. Webcast topics include: 1) Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Individuals with Disabilities, 2) Promoting Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce, and 3) Best Practices for Complying with Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. http://askjan.org/webcast/archive/index.htm
The LEAD Center has drafted a summary of the Workforce Innnovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) from a disability perspective. This policy brief outlines key provisions pertaining to workforce development activities of particular applicability to individuals with disabilities and individuals with a barrier to employment (which by definition includes individuals with disabilities). The summary description is not intended to be comprehensive. Key disability-related policies are underlined. To access the full summary, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/system/files/resource/downloadable_version/wioa_title_I_disability_perspective.pdf
The LEAD Center has produced a Summary Description of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (i.e., State Vocational Rehabilitation Program) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). This information brief expounds on the implementation of new guidelines as proposed for State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services programs and State Supported Employment Services programs under Title IV of WIOA. To access the summary, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/summary-description-title-iv-workforce-innovation-and-opportunity-act-state-vocational-rehabilitation-program-notice
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
This Webinar is hosted by the LEAD Center and is Part 2 of 4 in a series on the Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA) from a Disability Perspective. It is scheduled for April 29, 2015 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Signed into law by President Obama last July, 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 state planning process that will enhance their focus on cross system collaboration (Title I - Adult and Youth programs, Title II - Adult Literacy, Title III - Wagner-Peyser Employment Services, and Title IV - Rehabilitation Act). WIOA represents new opportunities for support for job seekers with disabilities that increases responsibility of WIBs and American Job Centers to be fully accessible and offer necessary accommodations to provide job seekers with disabilities effective and meaningful participation in the use of skills training and career pathways for 21st century jobs. To register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/webinars/wioa-and-unified-state-planning-process-part-2-4-part-series-wioa