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.
“Diversity” may often be associated solely with individuals who represent multi-cultural minority groups. However, it is representative of individuals who exhibit a myriad of unique and differing attributes, characteristics and life experiences. Diversity is evident in aspects of race, culture, religion, age, language, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, class and any traits which make us different from one another. Along with the nation’s growing diversity is a rise in globalization, in which communities, cultures and economies around the world have become more interconnected through the expansion of technology, communication and trade. As a result, all types of associations and the public sector must aim for the highest quality and most effective workforce to compete in a global marketplace.
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/
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
The Individualized Learning Plans How-to-Guide is designed for schools, educators, and other professionals who assist youth with college and career readiness and transition planning. This guide was developed in response to feedback from schools indicating a need for curriculum and implementation guidelines to support whole-school buy-in for implementing individualized learning plans (ILPs). A key goal of the guide is to help schools develop a bridge between college and career readiness efforts through the use of ILPs and help youth achieve prosperous and productive lives. The career development activities and resources in this guide are also useful for youth service professionals in the workforce development system. To access this guide, Please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ilp/how-to-guide
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/
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
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 guide was developed in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability - Youth. Statewide implementation of quality comprehensive career development programs and activities is 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. To access a PDF version of the guide, please click on View Page Now.
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 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 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
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
The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has issued this framework that identifies promising employment policies and practices for recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing qualified individuals with disabilities. It is a guide for employers who want to ensure that their workplaces are truly diverse and inclusive. And it is a valuable tool, with proactive and dynamic human resource strategies, for employers who want to be successful in today’s diverse and global markets. To view the full report please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/BusinessStrategiesThatWork.pdf
? 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.
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
The Disability and Employment Community of Practice is focusing January on asset development and financial health strategies made available through American Job Centers (AJCs(, including financial capability training and free tax preparation. Since the inception of the Department of Labor’s Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a primary focus of grant activities has been directed to asset development in the understanding that employment stability and retention is frequently dependent upon the individual’s ability to manage income. This is particularly the case for individuals with disabilities or other significant challenges to employment who often enter or return to work in low wage positions that provide minimal income to sustain the fundamental needs of housing, transportation, food and health care. Individuals with disabilities receiving benefits are additionally in need of benefits planning advice that has often been incorporated in the DEI Disability Resource Coordinator skills made available in grantee workforce investment areas. DEI’s Technical Assistance provided by the National Disability Institute has developed resources and tools to assist grantees as well as the workforce system at-large. These include a number of asset development 30 Second Trainings which can be very helpful in introducing financial well-being to AJC customers. To access these trainings, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001315838823672830 Please continue to check the Disability and Employment CoP throughout January for other asset development resources.