Th Center on Transition Innovations has published this Fast Facts: Work-Based Learning for Students with Disabilities Center on Transition Innovations Work-based learning experiences for students with disabilities are supervised, school-coordinated activities which provide opportunities for students to achieve employment related competencies in a workplace environment. These activities extend the classroom into the workplace and are related to students’ career interests and program of study. Work-based learning experiences involve assessment of students’ interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about career possibilities. These experiences can also increase the likelihood of employment and community integration for students with disabilities when they become adults, help to teach 21st century workplace readiness skills, and support national and state initiatives. To access Fast Facts, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://centerontransition.org/documents/publications/Work_Based_Learning_Fast_Fact.pdf
The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) administers the ESEA and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) administers Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The guidance includes Questions and Answers regarding inclusion of English Learners (EL) with Disabilities in EL proficiency assessments and Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives. OESE and OSERS are issuing this guidance to help states and LEAs understand how Part B of the IDEA and Titles I and III of the ESEA address the inclusion of ELs with disabilities in annual state ELP assessments. These are also significant policy guidance documents under Executive Order (EO) #13422. To learn more, please go to: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep/policy.html#elp-qa
Exciting New Initiative Since 2009, the MyFreeTaxes (MFT) Partnership has helped more than 4.4 million families (about 14% with disabilities) receive more than $5.98 billion in tax refunds through expanded access to free tax preparation services. Last year, MFT returned $1.78 billion to low- to-moderate income households, an average of more than $1,100 per taxpayer, by saving money on preparer fees and receipt of favorable tax credits. My FreeTaxes Partnership is funnded by Walmart, National Disability Institute (NDI), United Way Worldwide (UWW) and Goodwill International (GII) will work together to expand awareness/access to free, inclusive in-person tax preparation services, while pioneering the free online MyFreeTaxes.com filing option. Over the past 4 years, the number of filers who submitted taxes on MyFreeTaxes.com increased by almost 500%. This year, the IRS has expanded training/support for self-preparation models, including MyFreeTaxes.com to offer alongside traditional Volunteer Income Tax Assistance -VITA. AJCs are ideally positioned to integrate tax services due to their diverse customer-base, many of whom are unemployed or struggling to stay within low-to moderate income range once employed. The DEI is the first USDOL initiative to incorporate asset development as a major strategic component to enhance the economic self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities; any new approaches implemented will be value-added for all customers within the workforce system. From Nov 1 to Aug 31, 2013, NDI will recruit/pay a certified IRS VITA Tax Coach to work 20 hours a week in an AJC(s) to collaborate with local UWW and GII partners, VITA and tax coalitions, and DRCs to raise awareness in the workforce system on benefits/options of free tax preparation. Contact: Jamie Robinson, MFT Project Manager (617)467-4195, firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 20, 2011, Workforce3 One held a webinar, The Workforce Connection Initiative: SSA and DOL Partnership in Action, which described the SSA/DOL partnership created to increase participation by the public workforce development system in SSA’s Ticket to Work Program. It included presentations by the key partners and covered the policy and procedural changes made by SSA to streamline workforce participation. The archive audio and web recording, along with presentation and supporting materials, plus post follow-up FAQs is posted to the Workforce3 One website at: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001127252743912172/info. This FAQ provides answers to questions that were raised during this webinar on: Business Models, RFQ, Operational, EN Report Card, and Contact Information.
In July, 2010, Ernst & Young developed a Handbook, " Getting Support, Supporting Others: A handbook for working with non-visible disabilities." This hanbook is targeted to persons with disabilities, HR staff, and supervisors/co-workers. The handbook's purpose is to provide a basic level of understanding among employees in the hopes of fostering an environment "where everybody is limited only by talents, skills, and energy." The handbook defines "non-visible disability" and explores the pros and cons of disclosure, and addresses questions that employees with disabilities and their managers might have about how much information to share, how to handle questions about accommodations from co-workers, and how to deal with resentment or backlash from collegaues who perceive an accommodation as special teatment. "One of the most difficult decisions an individual with a non-obvious disability has to make is whether to inform people or not." Increasingly, the One-Stop Career Center system is seeing customers who have non-visible/non-diagnosed/non-identified disabilities.
Disability Law Handbook (New Edition) National Network of ADA Centers http://www.southwestada.org/html/publications/dlh/index.html. The Disability Law Handbook is a 64-page guide to the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability related laws. Written in an FAQ format, The Disability Law Handbook answers questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments. This publication is produced by the Southwest ADA Center, one of the ten National Network of ADA Centers funded by the National Institute on Rehabilitation and Research of the Department of Education, to provide technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related laws.
Click here to view the FAQ's: http://disability.workforce3one.org/view/4000927437256675575
How do I begin to build relationships with community service providers and sustain these relationships?How do I represent and educate employers on the ADA, reasonable accommodations, and hiring/retaining individuals with disabilities?
This guide is a comprehensive analysis of hiring employees with disabilities that includes information about how to: Find qualified workers with disabilities, Put disability and employment research into practice, and How to model what other businesses have done to successfully integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. It also includes checklists and various other resources to aid employers as they prepare to employ people with disabilities.
Access & Accomodations Click for Answers: How can I ensure that my One-Stop Career Centers are physically accessible? How can I ensure communication access in the One Stop system and in particular, for individuals who are d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing? What are Video Relay Services (VRS) and Video Remote Interpreting (VRI), and how can video based communication services enhance access in the One- Stops for customers whose primary language is American Sign Language (or other manual sign language)? How can I help to ensure program access on all levels of One-Stop services for individuals with a wide range of disabilities and needs? How do I know what type of adaptive equipment to recommend having available in the One-Stop Career Centers? How can I guide One-Stop staff to effectively serve individuals with non-visible learning disabilities? What resources are available on reasonable accommodations and assistive technology for individuals with learning disabilities?