The National Disability Institute has issued their June 2015 Policy Update under their contract as the LEAD Center and the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The June 2015 update features stories on the newly introduced Transition to Independence Act, the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for the ABLE Act, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of King v. Burwell, various state updates and more. To view the Policy Update, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/policy-update-employment-health-care-and-disability-june-30-2015
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) E-News is a quarterly online newsletter. Its purpose is to keep subscribers informed about low-cost and innovative accommodation approaches; the latest trends in assistive technologies; announcements of upcoming JAN presentations, media events, trainings, and Webcasts; and legislative and policy updates promoting the employment success of people with disabilities. This edition features the following: -- Wellness Programs and the ADA: A Carrot or a Stick -- When New Technologies Hurt -- Getting Over the Bump: Pregnancy at Work -- Relay Calls: Types and How to Make a Call -- In the Spotlight: Stroke -- Tech Tip: Converting a PowerPoint file to PDF -- New "Who I Am" Public Service Announcement To access the full JAN newsletter, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/ENews/2015/Enews-V13-I2.htm
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides a vast wealth of information and resources to business and individuals on accommodations. JAN publishes a periodic newsletter and their most recent JAN ENews topics includes information on the following: -- Best Practices in Establishing a Centralized Accommodation Fund --The Significance of Dress Codes under the ADA -- Leave and the ADA -- Sign Language Interpreters -- Current Trends in the Workplace: Considering the ADA and Accommodations for Employees -- New "Who I Am" Public Service Announcement from ODEP To access the most recent JAN ENews, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/enews/2015/Enews-V13-I1.htm
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) ENews topics include: 1) Making Pre-employment Testing Accessible: 2) WellPoint Offers a Best Practice 3) Requests For Medical Documentation and the ADA 4) October is Dwarfism Awareness Month 5) Eating Disorders and the Workplace 6) Accommodating Employees with Keratoconus JAN also provides information on their Blog and provides new resources and E-vents and training schedule in this newletter. To checkout and subscribe to the JAN E-Newsletter, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/enews/2014/Enews-V12-I4.htm
The disability.gov website's Disability Connection Newsletter for July 2014 includes "10 Things You May Not Know About the ADA" in honor of the July 26 anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It includes U.S. Census Bureau Facts and Figures, Breaking Down the ADA, Preserving Our History, Job Accommodations, The Rights of Pregnant Workers, and other helpful information impacting people with disabilities. You can view the Disability Connection Newsletter information by clicking on View Page Now or going to: www.disability.gov/disability-connection-newsletter-july-2014/
The Job Accommodation Network's (JAN) most recent ENews issue includes information on the dos and don'ts related to the ADA when interviewing job seekers at the application stage of the hiring process. The JAN ENews also includes information on establishing workplace policy for fragrance sensitivities and how to accommodate individuals with gastrointestinal disorders, among other updates. To view the JAN ENews, click on Download or go to: http://askjan.org/enews/2014/Enews-V12-I2.htm#2
The National Disability Institute (NDI) is rolling out some new tools and services in 2014 for its Real Economic Impact (REI) Network members. The following outlines all of the benefits and information REI Network members receive at no cost. • REI Network E-newsletter - packed with information and important resources to help promote economic advancement for people with disabilities in local communities. • Monthly webinar series - designed exclusively for REI Network partners, NDI's REI Network webinar series provides training, information and guest speakers each month on key economic advancement topics. As a member of the REI Network, you can also participate in other webinars offered through NDI. Sign up for a webinar today! • One-on-one technical assistance with a dedicated team of training and technical assistance experts. Submit your TA requests to NDI-TA@ndi-inc.org. • Access to valuable tools from NDI include: E-learning courses, fact sheets, toolkits, asset summits, and benefits planning trainings Visit the REI Network section of National Disability Institute's website to find out more: www.realeconomicimpactr.org/rei-network.aspx
Forty-five Assets for Independence (AFI) grants totaling more than $12.6 million were awarded to community-based organizations and local governments by the Office of Community Services in the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Also, for the third year, AFI partnered with the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) to award funds through the Native Asset Building Initiative (NABI). NABI is a joint funding opportunity, offered through a partnership between OCS's AFI program and ANA's Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program. “These organizations found innovative approaches to target poverty reduction,” said George H. Sheldon, HHS ACF Acting Assistant Secretary. “Assets for Independence grantees demonstrate that the American dream — owning a home, continuing one’s education or starting a small business — can still be a reality for our nation’s poorest individuals and families. These special savings accounts contribute to our economic recovery and help Americans secure a fair shot at an affordable college education.”
From the Fourth Quarter JAN Newsletter... On August 27, 2013, the OFCCP announced revisions to the current regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Section 503 prohibits Federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals. The regulations were issued on September 24, 2013, and become effective on March 24, 2014. Generating much discussion is the requirement to collect and maintain self-identification data from applicants when applications are primarily received over the Internet. Contractors are able to invite applicants to self-identify as an individual with a disability at the same time the contractor solicits demographic data on applicants. The regulation requires that the “contractor shall ensure” that applicants and employees with disabilities have “equal access to its personnel processes, including those implemented through information and communication technologies,” including providing necessary reasonable accommodations. Contractors are also “encouraged” to make their information and communication systems accessible, even in the absence of a specific accommodation request. Employers can begin to make their systems accessible by using JAN’s 15-step SNAP tool. The tool is a resource that provides a place to begin an accessibility review of any information or communication technology. To assist with making these systems accessible, follow JAN's 10 tips for making your Website accessible and work through JAN’s SNAP Process: 1) Self assess your online systems with your selected team, 2) No is not an answer to accessibility modifications, 3) Accept challenges from all types of users (internal and external), and 4) Prioritize accessibility first with support from top management.
Partnership for Workplace Mental Health has just developd: A Host of Employer Resources At Your Fingertips. The latest issue of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health’s free quarterly newsletter is now available online. This edition of Mental Health Works features two ways readers can access the rich catalog of case examples employers have helped us build over the years. Other stories in the issue include: •Stress in America •Bullying in the Workplace •Building a Healthy Enterprise: Laying the Groundwork for Workforce Resilience •Managing Risk: Focus on Violence in the Workplace Mental Health Works is available in both digital magazine and PDF formats. To ensure that you continue to receive Mental Health Works, visit the subscribe page on the Partnership website.
Minnesota's career , education, and job resource Newsletter, ISEEK, just issued an article, entitled, "Hidden Disabilities in the Workplace: Do You or Your Co-Worker have a Hidden Disability?" This article gives examples of hidden disabilities (non-visible), information on disclosing non-visible disabilities (including the pros and cons, and when to disclose).
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has issued a "Snapshot" which provides information on accessible computer stations for persons with different disabilities (including mobility, low-vision, blind, hard of hearing, deaf, and cognitive). It also provides links to a variety of related resources.