Bridging the Gap Across Transition is a training module developed by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) that provides information on rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to help navigate from the school system to the world of work, or to post-secondary education or training, otherwise known as the transition process. Topics discussed include self-advocacy, disability disclosure, sufficient medical documentation, and types of accommodations that might be needed. To access this resource, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/training/library.htm#ModuleTransition
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations including Assistive Technology options, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include private employers of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives, and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families. JAN is one of several services provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Its development has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of ODEP, West Virginia University, and private industry throughout North America. To access the Job Accommodation Network, click on View Page Now or go to: https://askjan.org/
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 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
The ADA National Network has published this Planning guide to provide information to assist planners, managers, operators and building owners in making temporary events such as conferences, sporting events and other temporary venues accessible to people with disabilities. This guide acquaints the reader with: -- The value of making temporary events accessible. -- An overview of the law. -- Planning strategies to help prevent discrimination. -- Typical barriers encountered by people with disabilities and solutions for removal. -- Methods of locating and coordinating available resources to achieve accessibility. This guide addresses most questions about how to host an accessible temporary event. For more information or to ask a question, please call the ADA National Network at their toll free number - 1-800-949-4232. To access the full Planning Guide, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://adata.org/publication/temporary-events-guide
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
? 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.
This Training and Employment Notice (TEN) was issued on January 3, 2012, by the Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy to provide successful strategies in the public workforce system for connecting individuals with transportation to jobs and training and to help business access a drivers workforce. To View the full test of this TEN, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN/ten2011/ten21-11acc.pdf
A primary goal of One-Stop Centers is to assist customers in finding jobs and advancing their careers. The Workforce Investment Act established the core concept of "universal access," meaning One-Stop services must be readily accessible to a wide range of customers, including persons with disabilities. The high unemployment rate for persons with disabilities is the highest of any segment of the population. Approximately 1 in 7 people in the United States have some type of disability, representing a significant portion of potential One-Stop customers. One-Stop employees who are not disability specialists cannot be expected to be knowledgeable on every aspect of helping people with disabilities find employment. However, through a combination of good basic customer service practices, core knowledge of disability issues, and information on where to find additional resources, One-Stop employees can play a significant role in helping people with disabilities meet their career goals. This course was designed specifically to equip you, the workforce development professional, with those skills and resources. The information in this training is broken out by "Chapters" each discussing different categories of disabilities. The information was compiled from reliable sources and reviewed by experienced disability specialists representing diverse government and private sector organizations. It is not intended to address every issue related to the cause and effect of disabilities. The purpose of this introductory course is to provide you with a practical learning experience, as your first step toward acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to provide quality workforce development services to persons with disabilities.
The Workforce3One includes a Veterans’ Priority Community of Practice (CoP) with on-line training available to American Job Center (AJC) staff. Providing employment services to veterans is a priority for the public workforce system. The National Veterans' Training Institute (NVTI) has developed a tutorial for American Job Center (AJC) frontline staff on how to best serve your veteran job seekers with detailed insight into understanding the challenges of putting veterans to work. The tutorial, Preparing Veterans for Meaningful Careers, provides an overview of: - The Jobs for Veterans State Grants refocusing from a frontline American Job Center staff perspective - Clarifications on the roles and responsibilities of local staff - Technical assistance for serving veterans Further clarifications on priority of service for veterans in the workforce system To access the on-line tutorial for serving veterans, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://veterans.workforce3one.org/view/4011410057437236320/info
The National Disability Institute is hosting this webinar on July 30, 2014, 3:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time, on behalf of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and their LEAD Center contract. This webinar will continue to build your understanding of Customized Employment and your ability to provide this innovative employment practice to those you serve. This webinar will move beyond the basics of Customized Employment to explore using the information gathered during Discovery to connect job seekers to a vast array of employment opportunities using a casual approach to job development. Participants will gain valuable information and strategies to support job placement efforts for a variety of job seekers both with disabilities, and harder to serve job seekers without disabilities. The target audience is workforce development professionals and related stakeholders. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/webinars/customized-employment-moving-beyond-basics
The goal of the South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy, I is to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18-24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. Through the DEI grant, SD created this informative video profiling individuals speaking about their decisions regarding disclosing their disability. SD describes the purpose of the video: Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: “Should I or shouldn’t I disclose my disability?” This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you. Below is a video developed by South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative with personal testimonies by South Dakotans on their choice to disclose or not disclose their disability in the education and workplace setting.
This Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) online training includes important information on providing reasonable accommodations for wounded, ill, and injured Service members. Learn more about services and assistive technology (AT) provided by CAP to help transitioning Service members from injury to re-employment. To access this on-line training program or to learn more about other (AT) and accommodation tools, please go to: http://www.cap.mil/newsevents/Training.aspx
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Family Assistance recently launched Career Pathways: Catalog of Toolkits, an online directory of free resources available for planning a Career Pathways initiative. Toolkits in this Catalog provide action steps for starting a Career Pathways initiative and help different sectors - education, workforce, human services, industry, and policy - learn to communicate with each other about resources and priorities. ETA's Career Pathways Toolkit is also featured on the new website. In April 2012, the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor released a joint letter endorsing the concept of “Career Pathways” as a promising approach to address the country’s challenge of how to prepare workers of all skill levels to participate fully in the country’s economic future. This challenge lies at the intersection of each department’s domains of expertise, and no solution can become fully functional without engaging each department’s constituency. To Access the Career Pathways Toolkit, please go to: https://cptoolkitcatalog.peerta.acf.hhs.gov/
As part of ongoing technical assistance, the Employment and Training Administration's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Technical Assistance Team, NDI, created a series of 30-Second Trainings that address Job Center Access. These trainings were developed for Disability Resource Coordinators and other workforce professionals to share with their Job Center staff and partners. In addition to creating the American Job Center Access 30-Second Training Series, the NDI Team also created an American Job Center Access Resource Guide that will serve as a "take-away" or desk-top resource for Job Center staff and partners. This guide contains useful information and resources found in the correct answers of the American Job Center Access 30-Second Trainings and other national, regional, state, and local resources that can support Job Center staff and partners in serving job seekers with disabilities. To access the series and resource guide, please click on Download or go to: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001403833465878171
Road Map to Success: West Palm Beach, Florida The Roadmap to Success (R2S) is a comprehensive six-stage process designed to increase CareerSource of Palm Beach County's capacity to help job seekers with disabilities to reach their full potential. The Roadmap to Success describes the Bestwork Assessment tool and how it is being used in the Job Centers. The six stage Roadmap to Success is available by clicking on Download. For more information, contact: Maryann Macdonald Garrett, FCWP 3 Director, Client Services, Central Career Center 561.340.1060 ext. 2377 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Gene Wheeler, Director, Organizational Development Center for Business Excellence 561.853.0181 ext. 2006 | email@example.com
Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) began planning for a more integrated service delivery approach in August 2008 with plans to move from a more siloed, self-service Job Center approach. The primary goals included: 1) Coordinating the workforce delivery system in a more efficient, cost-effective manner while improving services for customers; 2) co-location and integration of all workforce and job training programs; and 3) improving the effectiveness of the regional workforce system. IWD developed a new service delivery model. Such a model focused on quality integrated services to customers, as opposed to operating from program of funding silos. Under this model, all local offices are integrated into functional units and are not separated by program of funding stream. The goal of Iowa Integration has been: All workers need to know their skills, have an opportunity to grow their skills, and get the best job possible with their skills. Extensive information is detailed in the IWD Guide “Iowa Work; Integration Policies Handbook” which is available in PDF format by clicking on Download. For more information on the IWD approach, please contact: Doug Keast, Program Coordinator Iowa Workforce Development 515-242-0408 / Douglas.firstname.lastname@example.org
This webinar will give state and local workforce leaders and frontline American Job Center (AJC) staff information and resources to help implement the Employment and Training Administration’s (ETA) and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service’s (VETS) recently issued Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) No. 19-13: The Jobs for Veterans' State Grants (JVSG) Program Reforms and the Roles and Responsibilities of AJC Staff Serving Veterans and TEGL No. 20-13: Designation of Additional Population of Veterans Eligible for Services from the Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialist – Veterans Ages 18 to 24. This webinar will provide: • An overview of the JVSG refocusing and highlights of the major provisions of TEGL No.19-13 and TEGL No. 20-13; • Further clarification about staff roles and responsibilities; • Additional information about the implementation timeline; • Information about technical assistance resources; and • An opportunity to submit questions. Participants are encouraged to take the training “Preparing Veterans for Meaningful Careers” being offered through the National Veterans' Training Institute (NTVI) on this topic (http://www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/home/homePage.htm); all AJC staff can access this training. Please click on Download to register for this webinar or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001410540475364775/info