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
During the week of July 21-27, 2014, a celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will take place. In honor of this celebration of the ADA the Southeast ADA Center has produced the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit. The Toolkit includes publications, events, training, videos, and other resources to share the importance of the ADA to people with disabilities.
The Webinar "Expanding Communication Access in the Workforce System for Customers who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing" was conducted in April 2012. This webinar was conducted by the National Disability Institute as the technical assistance contractor for the Disability Employment Initiative and funded by the U.S. Department of Labor. The Disability and Employment Community of Practice is sharing this webinar recording as part of its March theme on Assistive Technology (AT)The purpose of this webinar was to share useful insights, information and strategies as they relate to serving individuals’ who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) within the context of the services and programs of Americas Job Centers and their partners. It covered: ? A General Overview of the Deaf & HOH Population ? Strategies for Accommodating and Providing Good Customer Service to Customers who are Deaf and HOH ? Effective Partnership with Agencies who Serve Customers who are Deaf & HOH (includes people who have dual diagnosis) ? Case Studies The link to the webinar recording, unedited transcript, associated power point, and glossary are available at: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001210955828002430
Assets for Independence Demonstration Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Community Services. The AFI program awards grants to organizations seeking to improve the lives of low-income communities through accumulation of assets using a matched savings program, provision of financial education, and other asset-building services. HHS has developed a guide that provides comprehensive instructions and guidelines on how to successfully plan, implement and request an Assets for Independence (AFI) award for individual development account (IDA). ADI projects help low-income and working families build their assets, increase their economic security and plan and save for the future.Asset building means change. It offers new tools to reduce poverty including matching savings, financial education, and asset attainment – all change behavior that diversify the resources needed to handle life’s emergencies for low-income families.To access this guide, please go to: http://idaresources.acf.hhs.gov/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=015700000025fH4
The Disability and Employment Community of Practice (CoP) has initiated focusing on a theme each month to provide resources, information, and assistance to workforce professionals working with job seekers with disabilities or other significant barriers to employment. The theme during the month of March is on Assistive Technology (AT)solutions that can improve the delivery of services within America's Job Centers; but, more importantly, remove barriers to employment and the workplace for most job seekers with disabilities. There are many resources available to assist workforce professionals and America's job Centers learn about AT software and products that address a diverse range of disabilities. This CoP will be highlighting videos that demonstrate these products and how assessment of accommodation requirements might be conducted. Technology breakthroughs have transformed how we all live and work, and is all the more applicable in addressing sensory, communication, cognitive, and mobility challenges experienced by many individuals with disabilities. These are often low in cost and involve one-time expenditures. It is hoped that information on AT solutions during March will enlighten AJC staff and the business community on these innovative practices. As you may know, only 18.3% of people with disabilities are considered to be participating in the labor force compared to 68.3% of those without disabilities. Their unemployment rate is 13.3% compared to 6.8% for those without disabilities. The public workforce system can be an important factor in improving these statistic and expanding economic opportunity for these job seekers.
Washington State's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) Grantee has created an on-line employer toolkit - WA HireAbility;Employer Spotlight/Best Practices in coordination with the Association of Washington Business (AWB). The WA HireAbility Toolkit features numerous employers who are recognized for their policies and practices in hiring people with disabilities. It includes a Workplace Disability Inclusion Assessment Tool designed to provide a business with a checklist to evaluate how disability-friendly their workplace is currently and serves as a roadmap to enhance disability-friendly corporate practices, as well as other pertinent information. WA Governor Inslee introduces the website with Executive Order 13-02: Improving Employment Opportunities and Outcomes for People with Disabilities in State Employment. Washington State is committed to achieving a state workforce with at least 5% of workers living with a disabilty and the EO includes formation of a Disability Employment Task Force. The spearhead of this effort is the state’s participation in the DEI grant program funded through the U.S. Department of Labor. The WA HireAbility Employer Toolkit is at: http://www.wahireabilityspotlight.org/ WA Executive Order 13-02 is at: http://governor.wa.gov/office/execorders/documents/13-02.pdf
The Departmant of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing materials and resources promoting Tuesday, February 15, 2014, as Youth Enrollment Day. Nearly one in four young adults in the United States doesn’t have health insurance. The Family and Youth Services Bureau within HHS supports the many national, state, and local organizations that are uniting to spread the word about health coverage options for young adults through National Youth Enrollment Day on February 15. HHS is encouraging Public agencies, grantees and non-profits to host an event, a town hall, or an enrollment fair and get on the radio, TV, Facebook, and Twitter to inform young people about their health options under the Affordable Care Act before the deadline to get enrolled, March 31. HHS has developed materials to assist in hosting events featuring Youth Enrollment Day on their website at: http://nationalyouthenrollmentday.org
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is providing resources for to assist Federal Contractors achieve compliance with the new Section 503 regulations and VEVRAA JAN provides links and information to address a number of employer concerns. They also provide information on reaching pre-screened and highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates for internship opportunities and entry level positions. For more information on JAN resources for compliance, please visit: http://askjan.org/enews/2014/Enews-V12-I1.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
The Institute of Education Services (IES)What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) has has tips on successful college application and enrollment. Learn how WWC practice guides can help college-bound students and their families navigate financial aid, exams, applications, and more enrollment steps. Find out the research on keeping students focused and engaged until graduation.
The Community Transportation of Association of America (CTAA) has been working on developing process, training, advise, and tools around the applicability of "Design Thinking for Mobility." Design thinking is “a systematic approach to problem solving. It starts with customers and the ability to create a better future for them. It acknowledges that "...we probably won’t get that right the first time. It 'insists' that we prepare ourselves to iterate our way to a solution.” (Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers, 2011). With its focus on customers, useful research, testing, and de-risking activities, design thinking is a good match for communities looking to solve complex customer mobility needs. The process, tips, and tools offered through this website will support communities in pursuing a customer-centered approach to improving or innovating community transportation offerings. Specifically, by following the design thinking process, community facilitators can support stakeholders in thinking creatively and broadly about the range of ways to solve transportation challenges, and take a group from shared problem identification to solution concept, assumption testing, and solution implementation. Design thinking is a process that can be applied to any problem solving approach-it fosters a collaborative approach to develop solutions implementation; it fosters partnerhips and leveraging of resources.
This tool, developed by the One-Stop Ticket Success Project, is intended as a template for use by One-Stop Career Centers and workforce investment systems in creation of recruitment flyers for the Ticket to Work. The intent is that Workforce Investment systems will use this template as a starting point, and add to it language specific to the One-Stop Career Center, and in addition format it according to their marketing material standards, with the addition of agency logos, graphics, etc. This flyer would then be utilized as part of orientation packets for all customers, as well made available in reception areas and resource libraries. Part of the underlying purpose of this flyer is to encourage individuals to self-identify that they are on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and are eligible for Ticket to Work.
Assessment and Screening Tools for Measuring Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Independent Living Skills in Adolescents. The screening and assessment tools developed by the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth (NCFY), are designed specifically for youth ages 14 to 21, and measures one (or more) of three categories relevant to runaway and homeless youth programs: mental health, substance abuse, and independent living skills. To view the tools, visit: http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/publications/assessment-screening.
The U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of a new online toolkit to guide employers through the process of hiring veterans. The free toolkit is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the decision to include veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives. Developed as part of the department's "America's Heroes at Work" initiative, the Veterans Hiring Toolkit features a straightforward six-step process pinpointing helpful tools for a business to design a veterans hiring initiative. These steps include creating an educated and welcoming environment for veteran employees; actively recruiting veterans, wounded warriors and military spouses; learning how to accommodate qualified veterans and wounded warriors in the workplace; and promoting an inclusive workplace to help retain veteran employees. The toolkit also helps employers navigate the plethora of resources for hiring veterans available to them. The final section of the toolkit features a quick reference list of online resources to help users find and welcome talented and skilled veterans into their companies. Examples include links to veterans employment service organizations, places to receive consultations on workplace accommodations and answers to common employer questions about hiring veterans and wounded warriors. Whether users are looking to create a veterans hiring program from scratch or retool existing efforts, the toolkit can help them design and implement a customized initiative. To access the toolkit, visit http://www.AmericasHeroesAtWork.gov/forEmployers/HiringTo
This guide is a comprehensive analysis of hiring employees with disabilities that includes information about how to: Find qualified workers with disabilities, Put disability and employment research into practice, and How to model what other businesses have done to successfully integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce. It also includes checklists and various other resources to aid employers as they prepare to employ people with disabilities.