People with disabilities can work and want to work. Given the growing body of evidence that demonstrates that workers with disabilities meet or exceed the job performance of co-workers without disabilities, the continuing high unemployment rate and low labor force participation rate of people with disabilities deprive the nation of a valuable pool of talent. Increasing the employment of people with disabilities produces significant benefits to the economy, the nation, and people with disabilities themselves.
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/
This recorded archive highlights the National Disability Institute's American Dream Employment Network (ADEN), a national administrative Employment Network. ADEN is a consortium of service providers and employers working together to create a path for individuals with disabilities receiving Social Security disability benefits to return to work or begin working for the first time. ADEN is an approved Employment Network operating under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work. This webinar provides an overview of ADEN, how employment service providers can tap into this turnkey opportunity, and how ADEN supports the employment of persons with disabilities. To view this webinar archive, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/resources/webinars.aspx
This webinar is hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Education (DOE) and is offered on the following two dates: - Monday, December 1, 2015 / 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time - Tuesday, December 2, 2015 / 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) emphasizes the importance of achieving outcomes—helping individuals find jobs, and obtaining the credentials and skills necessary to be successful in those jobs. As part of the performance accountability requirements, WIOA requires the use of a statistical adjustment model for setting targets for the core performance indicators. The Departments of Labor and Education have collaborated to develop a Statistical Adjustment Model per Sec.116 (b)(3)(A)(viii) of WIOA. This webinar includes information on the methodology for the statistical model, how the model will be used, and how it will be applied to targets to account for changes in economic conditions and participant demographics throughout the workforce and education systems. To register for the Dec 1 webinar, please click on View Page Now.
The U.S. Department of Labor issued this second Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 08-15 on November 17, 2015. The purpose of this TEGL is to provide guidance and planning information to states, local workforce areas, and other recipients of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I youth formula funds on the activities associated with the implementation of WIOA. To access this TEGL, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=6073
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 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).
A new report titled "Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Improving the Pipeline for People with Disabilities" provides the findings of a recent study conducted for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) discussing strategies and recommendations for including people with disabilities in apprenticeship programs. A Training and Employment Notice (TEN), "Expanding Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships to Create a Pathway to Good Middle Class Jobs for Youth and Adults with Disabilities," was issued by the Employment and Training Administration and ODEP to distribute the report. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/ApprenticeshipReport.pdf
The Disability.gov website has issued a bulletin with numerous resource links and information in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Included in their bulletin is information on understanding the ADA, history of the ADA, the ADA National Network and what is provides, what employers need to know, and more. To view this Disability.Gov bulletin, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/10fd5bb
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) (ACICIEID) will hold its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The meeting will be open to the public on July 13 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT, and on July 14 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT. During the meeting, the four subcommittees of the Committee will report out on their work on draft chapters for the interim report. The Committee will also hear from expert panels that will address issues with provider transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment. The Committee will also acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its connection to competitive integrated employment. Finally, the Committee will hear from a panel of providers about their experiences with sheltered workshops under section 14(c) of the FLSA. There will be a public comment period on July 13 from 2:15 to 3:00 PM EDT. Organizations or members of the public wishing to submit a written statement may do so by July 2, 2015. Instructions on submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice. You can access the Federal Register Notice by clicking on View Page now or going to:
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
On May 13, 2015, the LEAD Center published this new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resource that offers an approach consistent with the most innovative and cutting edge human resource practices. Its signature strategy, Discovery, offers an approach for job seekers with barriers to employment that is consistent with some of the most widely accepted strategies for successful career development. Customized Employment and Discovery are not necessarily appropriate or desirable for all AJC job seekers with disabilities or other barriers to employment, but the strategies provide “non-traditional” options and choices – both for job seekers and AJC staff. If you want to know more about how American Job Centers can effectively implement Customized Employment and Discovery, take a moment to read these FAQs. To view these FAQs, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/faqs-using-customized-employment-s-discovery-and-group-discovery-models-promote-job-seeker-success-american-job-centers
This webinar is hosted by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) on April 29, 2015, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time. EARN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. Presenters include: Tiffany Jolliff, Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy; Darren Bates, National Project Director, National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center); Shannon Offord, Manager of Strategic Partnership, DirectEmployers For college students and recent graduates, internships offer a way to gain skills and learn about their employment options through first-hand experience. And, the benefits of internships don’t stop there. They also offer employers an easy and effective way to evaluate potential employees and cultivate a pipeline of talent for the future. Furthermore, by targeting specific populations—such as people with disabilities—internships can assist in achieving workforce diversity goals, including those established under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. This webinar will address the benefits of hiring interns with disabilities and how employers can take advantage of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)—a free referral service—to connect with them. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://viscardicenter.webex.com
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
As part of the Federal Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative, this Resource Guide for Employers was developed and released in February 2015. It is targeted to businesses of all sizes, the publication addresses leading practices in four key areas: 1) hiring (including recruiting youth and veterans with disabilities; 2) retention and promotion; 3) providing reasonable accommodations; and 4) understanding responsibilities under the ADA, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other related regulations. To access a PDF version of the guide, please click on Download Now.
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.
The LEAD Center is hosting a four part webinar series on WIOA From a Disability Perspective. The first Webinar will focus on an Overview and will be held on Wednesday, February 25, from 3:00 - 4:30PM ET Signed into law by President Obama last July, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (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 and services with Wagner-Peyser Employment Services and Title I of the Rehabilitation Act programs). To register for this first webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://leadcenter.webex.com/mw0401lsp12/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=leadcenter&service=6&rnd=0.2062944491232802&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fleadcenter.webex.com%2Fec0701lsp12%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D1751338914%26%26EMK%3D4832534b000000025cfcbf7fb9014fb533549a291326712e9048b3bbe7d081aa8416ef7ce11268f6%26%26%26siteurl%3Dleadcenter
The February theme for the Disability and Employment CoP is focused on Integrated Resource Team (IRT) strategies in American Job Centers. IRTs were initially used by the Disability Program Navigator grants and has been an essential component of the Disability Employment Initiative and represent partnership and collaboration to address the needs of a person with a disability or multiple challenges to employment. This resource is a demonstration video of a workforce center in Portland, OR, and their DPN bringing together different partners on behalf of an individual who is deaf. Although created in 2010, it is a timely representation of job center staff facilitating access to career pathway through mechanical training curriculum in a community college, and a moving example of the power of cross-agency collaboration. To view this video, please click on View Page Now or go to:. https://disability.workforce3one.org/view/4200927376315461065/info