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Discussion: Making the Business Case for Hiring People with Disabilities. (What are some of the facts, statistics, or things you present to employers to help them understand the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities?)

According to a National Survey of Consumer Attitudes towards Companies that Hire People with Disabilities, 92% of the American public view companies that hire people with disabilities more favorably than those that do not. And, 87% of the public would prefer to give their business to companies that hire people with disabilities. Studies such as this one are very valuable in making the business case to employers as to why employers should hire people with disabilities. What are some of the facts, statistics, or things you present to employers to help them understand the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities? Share your information and experiences in making a return on investment (ROI) case for hiring disabled workers here!

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07/06/11 03:21PM

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SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities

In July 2015, the Food Research and Action Center issued "SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities" Food Research and Action Center. The following is excerpted from the Executive Summary: Poverty, hunger, and food insecurity disproportionately affect Americans who have communicative, mental, or physical disabilities. For these children, adults, and seniors, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a vital support. Access to affordable, nutritious food often is even more critical for Americans with disabilities than for others. Not only are people with disabilities more likely to experience poverty and food insecurity, but they also are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions that can be aggravated by poor nutrition. These conditions can exacerbate existing disabilities or even lead to new disabilities. Good nutrition is a key component of good health for all Americans, but for those who have a disability, eating nutritiously, even during periods of economic difficulty, is critically important. This report provides information on: 1. The population of Americans with disabilities, including factors that lead to increased poverty and food insecurity among them; 2. SNAP’s role among programs targeted to assist people with disabilities; 3. SNAP program rules and policies that make it both accessible and responsive to the needs of Americans with disabilities; and 4. Recommendations for strengthening SNAP’s support for people with disabilities through state policy options, agency practices, and outreach. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://frac.org/pdf/snap_matters_people_with_disabililties.pdf

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09/08/15 10:34AM

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Three Part Series: Collaboration, Celebration, and Innovation: ADA@25

In celebration of the 25 year anniversary of the signing into law of the ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act], ServiceSource and the newly opened National Capital Area Disability Resource Center in collaboration with the National Disability Institute invite you to participate in a three part series of Collaboration, Celebration, and Innovation: ADA@25. Session 1: The Olmstead Supreme Court Decision: The Opportunity Integration Imperative is scheduled for Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 1:00 - 3:00p.m. EST. Join nationally recognized thought leaders to discuss the next generation of innovative strategies to support individuals with disabilities and their families have more self-determined quality of life experiences in inclusive communities. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/news/?id=512

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07/13/15 12:40PM

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A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People with Disabilities 2015

The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) National Network has updated and redesigned this guide, which provides information from industry experts to assist planners, managers, operators, and building owners in making temporary events, such as festivals, concerts, and sporting events, accessible to people with disabilities. The updated guide is a collaboration of the ADA Knowledge Translation Center and the ADA National Network Regional Centers. To access the full guide, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://adata.org/sites/adata.org/files/files/EventPlanningGuide_Final_2015.pdf

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05/15/15 11:16AM

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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day - January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015, is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)Awareness Day. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages communities to advertise and encourage low income individuals to consider their eligibility for EITC based on their earning less that $52,427. They have also developed and made available a number of tools and resources to assist in this effort. The EITC allows up to $6,143 in funds returned to those eligible individuals. Increasing awareness is critical because to get the credit, individuals must file and claim it. EITC Central is an excellent source for ready-to-use news releases, and tweets. You’ll also find local statistics, key messages, fast facts, newsletter and web articles, tips for running an EITC campaign, and other basic marketing and communication materials. EITC can be a boost to individuals, families and communities. Many may qualify for EITC but don’t know it, such as childless workers, people with disabilities, people who speak English as a second language, and non-traditional families like grandparents raising their grandchildren. To access the information available at EITC Central, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.eitc.irs.gov/Partner-Toolkit/main

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01/30/15 01:13PM

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GAO Report on TANF: Action Is Needed to Better Promote Employment-Focused Approaches

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued this report, GAO-15-31, on Dec. 19, 2014, which focused on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and state agency efforts to support TANF beneficiaries enter or return to employment. Of the 10 programs GAO examined, 9 drew on the expertise of partner organizations— including community college systems, workforce agencies, and nonprofits. The programs also benefitted from decisions by state and local policymakers to dedicate funds—including TANF funds—for the selected programs. However, many program design and funding choices are left to the states, and GAO’s prior work has shown that state use of TANF funds for more costly welfare-to-work approaches can compete with other allowable uses of TANF funds. Second, TANF’s main performance measure does not necessarily encourage agencies to use certain approaches that incorporate longer-term education and training or treatment services. Third, little incentive exists for TANF agencies to evaluate their programs. HHS’s authority over many aspects of TANF is limited and it has not proposed legislative changes to address these areas. Without federal action, adoption and evaluation of promising approaches may continue to be limited to select states and localities, leaving TANF recipients in other locations without access to these promising approaches. To access the full GAO report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-31

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01/06/15 02:18PM

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WIOA Disability Employment Advisory Committee Adds 17 Public Members

01/05/2015 03:00 PM EST On January 5, 2015, the U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced the 17 public members who will serve on the new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Signed by President Obama in July 2014, WIOA helps job seekers, including those with disabilities, access services to succeed in employment and matches employers with skilled workers. Reflecting this, the committee will advise the U.S. Secretary of Labor on ways to increase competitive integrated employment opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. This includes recommendations on the use and oversight of the certificate program under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Integrated employment refers to jobs held by people with disabilities in workplace settings where the majority of employees do not have disabilities. In these jobs, individuals with disabilities earn wages consistent with those paid workers without disabilities performing the same or similar work, make at least minimum wage and are paid directly by their employer. To view the full press release and the list of members, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/odep/ODEP20142331.htm

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01/06/15 08:27AM

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Federal Agencies Partner to Establish Performance Partnership Pilot (P3) for Disconnected Youth.

The U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating with four other federal agencies – the Departments of Education and Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Institute for Museum and Library Services – to launch the Performance Partnership Pilot for Disconnected Youth - known as P3. This P3 initiative will fund up to 10 pilots, with start-up grants of up to $700,000, to test innovative, outcome-focused strategies to achieve significant improvements in educational, employment, and other key outcomes for targeted disconnected youth. What’s innovative about P3 is the flexibility it allows the pilot programs to blend together funds that they already receive from different federal sources, to increase program impact. The availability of grant funds was announced on Grants.gov on November 24, 2014 and the closing date for applications is March 4, 2015. To obtain more information about P3 and grant application requirements, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269790

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12/04/14 12:46PM

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HHS/ACF Announces New Research on Youth Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF)issued a study on October 22, 2014, that reports that more than half of homeless youth become homeless for the first time because they are asked to leave home by a parent or caregiver. The first-of-its-kind study focused on 656 14- to 21-year-olds in 11 cities. Respondents included street youth served by FYSB’s Street Outreach Program grantees and street youth who were not using services. The study found the following: -- On average, the youth became homeless for the first time at age 15. -- The average youth spent nearly two years living on the streets. -- More than 60 percent were raped, beaten up, robbed, or otherwise assaulted. -- Nearly 30 percent of participants identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and nearly 7 percent identified as transgender. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development regularly estimates the number of people experiencing homelessness. Even though this exercise is believed to undercount the number of youth experiencing homelessness, it still identified 46,924 unaccompanied children and youth experiencing homelessness in the United States on a single night in January 2013. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/resource/sop-executive-summary

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10/22/14 11:15AM

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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities

On September 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Federal Register Notice soliciting nominations for the Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities. The Committee is established under the new Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Nominations for individuals to serve on the Committee must be received by October 14, 2014. The purpose of the Committee is to study and prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on (1) ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive, integrated employment; (2) the use of the certificate program carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 214(c)); and (3) ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates. To access the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/12/2014-21834/advisory-committee-on-increasing-competitive-integrated-employment-for-individuals-with-disabilities

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09/12/14 04:13PM

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Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders at CareerOneStop

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has on-line employment support of for ExOffenders at www.CareerOneStop.org/ExOffender CareerOneStop’s Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders offers information, tips, and resources to help people with criminal convictions overcome barriers they might face in their job search. There is also a wealth of information for counselors and others who work with individuals with criminal records. Through this website, you can find: State Resources – for help with basic needs or getting ready for job search Explore Careers – to learn more about work options Get Training – to improve skills or go back to school Find a Job – to search for and apply for jobs To access the Career One-Stop ExOffender website, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.careeronestop.org/ExOffender/index.aspx

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09/05/14 09:56AM

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Reminder: Sept. 2, 2014, 2:00 PM EST, WIOA Stakeholder Consultation: Services to Individuals with Disabilities

The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor (Department or DOL) invites state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, workforce system partners, customers, and other stakeholders to provide input on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Pub.L. 113–128).ETA will gather input through this webinar via a “chat feature” in order to most efficiently gather thoughts and ideas from webinar participants. The topic for September 2, 2014 is Services to Individuals with Disabilities. More information about the Act and specific discussion questions for this topic can be found at http://www.doleta.gov/WIOA. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001422655379632682/info Should you encounter any issues with registering, please click the following link to visit our support page: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/1001132142513971405/info

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08/29/14 10:06AM

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National Disability Institute Announces Annual "My American Dream Video Contest"

The National Disability Institute (NDI) is holding its 4th Annual My American Dream - Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest. Individuals with disabilities are invited to submit videos sharing their stories and the steps they are taking toward their American dream. Videos may be up to three minutes long and must be submitted by September 9th. Previous finalists' videos are available to view. To learn more about NDI's My American Dream Video Contest please click on View Page Now or go to: http://dream.realeconomicimpact.org

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08/27/14 01:55PM

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EARN September Webinars in September on Strategies for Promoting Self-Identification and developing Inclusive Workplaces:

EARN is hosting two webinars in September on strategies for promoting self-identification and developing inclusive workplaces: 1) Creating an Inclusive Culture: Increasing Self-Identification will be held on Sept. 18 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST, will share emerging practices from private-sector companies for encouraging people with disabilities to self-identify; get tips and tools for hiring managers; and learn strategies for fostering connections with disability organizations. 2) Do Ask, Do Tell: Creating a Disability-Inclusive Workplace, Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify will be held on Sept. 22 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST, which will share how employers can build an inclusive workplace where employees feel safe disclosing that they have a disability, while also meeting the new federal requirements for government contractors. HRCI credits will be available to participants. To register for these webinars, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askearn.org/webinar_registration.cfm?activity_id=5026

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08/27/14 10:28AM

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Questions and Answers Regarding Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities in English Language Proficiency Assessments

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

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07/28/14 01:43PM

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Ten Things You May Not Know About the ADA

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/

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07/18/14 10:40AM

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NIDRR Video: Balancing Work and Benefits After Spinal Cord Injury

The U.S. Department of Education's National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) has posted a new SCI Forum Video: Balancing Work and Benefits After Spinal Cord Injury. A benefits counselor with Plan to Work of Washington State explains the different work incentives programs and other benefits available to individuals with disabilities so viewers can better understand the process of getting back to work while maintaining medical coverage and coming out financially ahead. Viewers are asked to complete a 2-minute survey after watching the video. A full archive of SCI Forum Videos is available. To view this video, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://sci.washington.edu/info/forums/reports/work_benefits_2013.asp

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07/16/14 01:03PM

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“CAP Quick Tip: Wounded Service Members Requests,”

The “CAP Quick Tip: WSM Requests,” is a video on YouTube produced by the Federally funded Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) provides an overview on the process of requesting accommodations through CAP for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members. For more information, please visit our Wounded Service Member Initiative webpage at www.cap.mil/wsm.

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07/15/14 01:35PM

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Moving into Adulthood: Implementation Findings from the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

MDRC recently released this report about results from the Youth Villages Transitional Living program which is intended to help youth who were formerly in foster care or juvenile justice custody, or who are otherwise unprepared for adult life, to make the transition to independent living. Youth Villages, which serves emotionally and behaviorally troubled young people, operates a number of programs in addition to Transitional Living. All of its programs are based on a set of core principles that emphasize treatment planning, systematic assessment of participating youth, and delivery of only evidence-informed practices within a highly structured supervisory system. To view the full report and findings, please click on View Page Now or go to:

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07/11/14 09:17AM

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U.S. Interagency Counsel on Homelessness - Community and Federal Partnerships Are Driving Progress Toward Ending Homelessness

United States Interagency Counsel on Homelessness (USICH) and federal partners are teaming up with communities all across the country to accelerate and align existing efforts toward ending Veteran and chronic homelessness and to do this in a way that lays the foundation for ending all homelessness. They consider effective Partnerships as critical to the work of ending homelessness. Whether through the Mayors Challenge to End Homelessness, to solidify partnerships and secure commitments to end Veteran homelessness from mayors across the country... Or the 25 Cities effort to build and strengthen the elements of a coordinated entry system in communities for identifying, assessing, and matching people experiencing homelessness to the most appropriate housing support interventions. For more information on the USICH activities and progress, please go to their recent news release at: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=4e6358ba-bb52-49e7-a159-ad64fdeca1ab&c=0e4efc10-321b-11e3-b334-90b11c3522c5&ch=0f29cbb0-321b-11e3-b431-90b11c3522c5

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07/08/14 12:42PM

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