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HHS Report: Employment Strategies for Low-Income Adults

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/

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01/25/16 01:32PM

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LEAD Center Releases Employment First Information Brief: Perspective of Employers on Customized Employment

Customized Employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. This information brief provides the results of six focus groups conducted in 2015 under the Office of Disability Employment Policy's (ODEP's) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). The purpose of the focus groups was to garner the perspective of employers of various sizes, sectors, and locations who had hired individuals with disabilities into customized jobs within the past year. To access this information brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/system/files/resource/downloadable_version/CE_Info_Brief_Employer_Perspective_0.pdf

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01/22/16 10:58AM

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Issue Brief: Employment Programs for Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities that Feature Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Supports: A Literature Review

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices and Youth issued this brief in December 2016. It addresses Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (wIOA) of 2014 that requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to change the way they work with transition-age youth, including resource allocation, service provision, and outcome tracking. This issue brief summarizes findings from a search of the peer reviewed and grey literatures for employment-focused transition programs that featured vocational rehabilitation services. Our search found just seven programs across the studies meeting the criteria for inclusion. All seven programs focused on a well-defined population of youth and had varied service models, but all featured interagency collaboration. To access this issue brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://vrpracticesandyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/01_RRTC_IssueBrief.pdf

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01/05/16 09:54AM

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ODEP and LEAD Center Issue Employment First Technical Briefs

In December 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center issued three Employment First Technical Briefs for individuals and organizations working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency. The Briefs include the followings: Technical Brief #1: Connecting the Dots: Using Federal Policy to Promote Employment First Systems-Change Efforts, provides a robust summary and overview of public policy, regulations, rules and informational bulletins that support employment outcomes and employment first for youth and adults with disabilities. Technical Brief #2: Federal Legal Framework that Supports Competitive, Integrated Employment Outcomes of Youth and Adults with Significant Disabilities, “highlights various legal actions by Federal enforcement agencies that have significant implications for how states prioritize and deliver services for individuals with disabilities. Technical Brief #3: Criteria for Performance Excellence in Employment First State Systems Change & Provider Transformation, provides guidance to states that are involved in systems change efforts aimed at improving competitive, integrated employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. To access more information on these briefs, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/employment-first-technical-briefs

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01/04/16 02:31PM

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Resource Guides on Mental Health and Wellbeing for College Students: Achieving and Maintaining Emotional Health During the College Years

Learn Psychology has produced several guides that include information and actionable advice that students can utilize to maintain mental well-being in college. With more students taking on more rigorous academic loads, now, more than ever, the need for student access to mental health resources is imperative. Key elements of Learn Psychology resources include: -- A comprehensive look at the some issues that college students may experience during their academic career; -- Tips for how to identify and cope with warning signs of mental health issues with peers; -- A list of top mental health organizations and resources students can utilize; -- Advice from a number of experts who have excelled in assisting college students with mental health issues. To access these guides, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.learnpsychology.org/mental-health/

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12/11/15 11:31AM

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Designing Statewide Career Development Strategies & Programs

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

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12/08/15 05:01PM

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Not All Disabilities Are Alike: Implementing a Rating System for SSDI

The National Center for Policy Analysis issued a Policy Report in June 2015 that looked at data for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). It includes the following information: Since 1990, the percentage of workers receiving SSDI benefits has grown an average of 4.8 percent annually. As a result, the Disability Trust Fund, which is funded by 1.8 percentage points of the payroll tax (split evenly between workers and employers), is expected to be depleted by the end of 2016. As of December 2013: -- There were 10.2 million individual disabled workers, disabled widowers or disabled adult children receiving Social Security Disability. -- Disabled beneficiaries ages 18 to 64 were 4.8 percent of the total nonsenior adult population. -- The average beneficiary age was 53 years and the average monthly benefit was $1,146. Unfortunately, despite these numbers, there is little political will for a complete overhaul of SSDI. Policymakers have proposed just a few reforms, mainly focused on efforts to combat fraud. But more could be done regarding how beneficiaries are paid and how to provide better work incentives. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/st366.pdf

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07/27/15 09:30AM

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Fact Sheet:Employer Incentives for Hiring People with Disabilities: Federal Tax Incentives At-A-Glance

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

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07/13/15 02:02PM

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Employer Incentives for Hiring People with Disabilities: Federal Tax Incentives At-A-Glance

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

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06/01/15 03:28PM

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Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups

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 sheets for employers addressing the benefits of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) in promoting a disability-inclusive work culture and one summarizing tax incentives for which employers who employ people with disabilities may be eligible. Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are considered an exemplary practice that businesses can leverage to foster a culture of inclusion one in which employees feel safe to self-identify as people with disabilities and obtain the supports they need to succeed on the job. ' To access this Fact Sheer, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askearn.org/docs/AskEarn_EmployeeResourceGroup_factsheet.pdf

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06/01/15 03:22PM

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Profile America Facts for Features: 25th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act:

On May 28, 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau News issued this Profile of Americas Facts for Features in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which was signed into law by President George H.W, Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of this law’s enactment, this edition of the Facts for Features provides a demographic snapshot of the U.S. population with a disability and examines various services available to them. The statistics come from various Census Bureau censuses and surveys, covering differing periods of time. To access the Census Bureau publication, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2015/cb15-ff10.html

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06/01/15 02:13PM

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Employment, Earnings, and Primary Impairments Among Beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Programs

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued this Social Security Bulletin, Volume 75, Number 2. It provides empirical evidence on the relationship between the primary impairments of Social Security disability program beneficiaries and the employment and earnings experiences of those beneficiaries is limited. To provide such evidence, recent Disability Insurance beneficiaries and working-age Supplemental Security Income recipients are classified according to 25 detailed primary-impairment categories to examine their employment and earnings patterns using 2011 data from linked Social Security administrative files. Research shows substantial heterogeneity in employment and earnings across primary impairments. It also shows that if the sample is restricted to beneficiaries with earnings (and then further restricted to those with earnings above the substantial gainful activity level), some impairment categories that are strongly associated with employment status are not as strongly associated with higher earnings. These findings can inform new initiatives designed to help beneficiaries return to work or successfully transition into the adult workforce. To view this Social Security Bulletin, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v75n2/v75n2p19.html

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06/01/15 10:27AM

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MPR Issue Brief: Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs

In March 2015, Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Center for Studying Disability Policy (CSDP) published this Issue Brief on costs and benefits of return-to-work programs. Each year, millions of workers in the United States develop a chronic illness, disability, or other serious medical problem. Many are at risk of exiting the labor force, especially if they do not receive timely and effective return-to-work (RTW) supports. These workers and their families frequently face substantial reductions in their standard of living, and may end up relying on public programs such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicare, and Medicaid for income support and health care. Three new studies examine stay-at-work and return-to-work policies and programs that may help raise incomes for recovering workers while lowering personnel costs for employers and public assistance costs for taxpayers. They include an issue brief and full report assessing the costs and benefits of return-to-work programs from multiple perspectives, examples of promising practices and success stories from the health care sector, and a look at the role of physicians. Mathematica and its partner, EconSys, conducted this research for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. To access the Issue Brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/~/media/publications/pdfs/disability/rtw_costsbenefits_ib.pdf

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05/15/15 02:24PM

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MPR Issue Brief: Increasing Employer Responsibility for Disability Benefits and SSDI Reform

Mathematica Policy Research, Center for Studying Disability Policy published this issue brief: "Increasing Employer Responsibility for Disability Benefits: Analysis of an Approach to Social Security Disability Insurance Reform." Multiple proposals for reforming the Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program would hold firms partially responsible for a portion of the DI benefits paid to their recent employees. This issue brief examines the implications of this approach for employers and workers by analyzing two prominent reform proposals: requiring employers to provide short-term disability insurance coverage and applying an experience rating to the DI portion of the Federal Insurance Contributions Act premium. The analysis finds that both proposals would place a relatively large burden on the labor costs of many relatively small (fewer than 500 workers), low-wage firms. Firms with high potential liabilities might seek to accommodate and retain workers with challenging medical conditions but might also reduce hiring or retention of workers at high risk for medical problems. To view the issue brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publications/increasing-employer-responsibility-for-disability-benefits-analysis-of-an-approach-to-social?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New%20and%20Noteworthy%2005%2006%2015%20(2)%20remainder&utm_content=&spMailingID=11333761&spUserID=MTU0MDAwODEwNwS2&spJobID=540467069&spReportId=NTQwNDY3MDY5S0

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05/12/15 02:50PM

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Developing a Postsecondary Career and Technical Education Program to Support Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

In April, the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council announced the posting of a guide that describes Project Achieve, a program that provides a support system for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who enroll in Career and Technical Education programs at Florida State College at Jacksonville. This inclusive program model assists students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend classes and earn certification alongside their peers without disabilities. This guide has two sections. The first is an overview of Project Achieve and the second is a "How To" guide that outlines step-by-step tasks for the development of each phase of the program. Section 1: An Inside Look at Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program at Florida State College at Jacksonville. This booklet provides an overview of Project Achieve, an inclusive program designed to expand access to Postsecondary Career and Technical programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Section 2: Launching a Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program, is for those who are interested in replicating a Support Postsecondary Career and Technical Program at a public state college or community college. This section outlines the tasks involved in developing a program that provides a support system that assists students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend classes and earn certification. To access the complete guide, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.fddc.org/sites/default/files/ProjectAchieve-Section1.pdf

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05/01/15 01:46PM

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Description of Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

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

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04/24/15 02:06PM

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State Policy Options for Employing People with Disabilities - NCSL Brief

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

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04/17/15 03:50PM

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Conference Board Report: Do Ask, Do Tell

The Conference Board recently released a report on challenges to and strategies for encouraging disability disclosure based on a survey of 98 companies. Titled "Do Ask, Do Tell," the report was developed with support from ODEP's National Employer Policy Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center). To access the article, please click on View Page Now or go to http://www.conference-board.org/publications/publicationdetail.cfm?publicationid=2915 Please note that you may need to register on their website to access the article.

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04/07/15 01:46PM

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Can Every Person with a Disability Hold a Regular Job?

This piece was presented on North Country Public Radio by David Sommerstein on March 30, 2015. Their website link includes text and audio information on the closure of sheltered workshops in the state of New York and sub-minimum wage employment environments that do not promote competitive, integrated employment. To access this presentation, please click on View Page Now or got to: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/27883/20150330/can-every-person-with-a-disability-hold-a-regular-job

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04/03/15 11:54AM

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One-Stop Career Center - AJC Overview

The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has developed a document to provides basic information on American Job Centers (AJCs), also known as One-Stop Career Centers To access the Overvie, please click on View Page Now.

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02/12/15 02:40PM

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