The primary focus of the survey was to determine how knowledgeable HR professionals are regarding various governmental incentives for hiring individuals with disabilities. In addition, the survey sought to find out how many companies actually take advantage of employer incentives and who in companies make decisions about using them. A secondary focus of the survey was to assess HR professionals’ attitudes and opinions regarding the impact of the ADA on the employment of individuals with disabilities; determine the level of effort companies expend in recruiting individuals with disabilities; and gain insight into senior managements' personal experiences with disabilities. Furthermore, the survey sought the opinions of HR professionals on how best to improve the employment of individuals with disabilities
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.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL's) Civil Rights Center (CRC) announces the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)updating the Section 188 WIOA Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Regulations (29 CFR Part 38). Section 188 prohibits discrimination against individuals in any program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of the WIOA as well as by the One-Stop part ners listed in WIOA Section 121(b) that offer programs or activities through the One-Stop/American Job Center workforce development system. Section 188 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief, and for beneficiaries, applicants, and participants only, citizenship status, or because of an individual’s participation in a program or activity that receives financial assistance under Title I of WIOA. Comments are due by March 26, 2016 To learn more about the NPRM, please click on View Page Now or go to: www.dol.gov/oasam/programs/crc/nprm/index.htm
The Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) has identified the status of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plans along with a WIOA Plan Review Guide to help individuals and interested parties in reviewing their state's unified WIOA plan. Prior to submission to the federal government, states must make plans available for comment by the full range of stakeholders and the general public, and make the plan available and accessible to the general public. If the comment period for a state has not yet closed, this guide can provide assistance in the development of comments. If the state has already submitted its plan, this guide can still be used to understand and analyze the state’s intentions and priorities in implementation of WIOA. To access the status of WIOA state plans as of January 26, 2016, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://apse.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/WIOA-Plan-Status-as-of-Jan-26-2016.pdf
The Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) has developed and provided a guide for review of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) state plans. Prior to submission to the federal government, states must make plans available for comment by the full range of stakeholders and the general public, and make the plan available and accessible to the general public. If the comment period for a state has not yet closed, this guide can provide assistance in the development of comments. If the state has already submitted its plan, this guide can still be used to understand and analyze the state’s intentions and priorities in implementation of WIOA. To access this review guide, please click on View Page Now.
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 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
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.
On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL)Employment and Training Administration (ETA)issued USDOL/ETA Advisories - Training and Employment Guidance Letters (TEGL)19-13, Change 2 to expand and clarify the definition of homelessness as a significant barrier to employment(SBE). The expanded definition includes include domestic violence and other dangerous or life-threatening conditions, as defined in Section 103(b) of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11302(b)). To access this revised directive, pleaes click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL_19-13_Change2_Acc.pdf
US Department of Transportation Federal Transit Authority This U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) report provides a fresh look at paratransit and how agencies can improve service effectiveness and cost efficiency. Issued in December 2014, the report presents successful strategies for providing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant paratransit. It features an assessment of ADA paratransit service design models, as well as an in-depth analysis of procurement and contracting practices, the report also identifies operational practices that can enhance service quality and cost efficiency, and successful examples of alternative, inclusive service designs that can provide improved transportation for all riders. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.fta.dot.gov/documents/FTA_Report_No._0081.pdf
On September 15, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) released an Interim Report to Congress and the Secretary of Labor. The Committee is also scheduled to meet October 14 and 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Introduction to the interim Report includes the following dedication to Randee Chafkin who passed away in February 2015: In February 2015, shortly after the first meeting of the Advisory Committee, Randee Ellen Chafkin passed away. Randee was a long time employee in the U.S. Department of Labor, contributing her knowledge and passion first at the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, then the Office of Disability Employment Policy, and most recently the Employment and Training Administration. Randee dedicated her life to increasing employment of people with disabilities, especially youth and adults who experience the most significant barriers to full inclusion in employment and community participation. She will be greatly missed. When she died, a note was pinned to the wall near her desk. The sentiment expressed in that note reflects Randee's dedication and career, and is fitting for the work of the Advisory Committee. "It's the action, not the fruit of the action that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." - Mahatma Ghandi To read the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/20150808.pdfOrganizations or members of the public wishing to submit comments and feedback on the interim report or general feedback may do so by using the form found at: www.acicieid.org/comments.
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).
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
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 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
On July 24, 2015, President Barak Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Proclamation 9302. An excerpt from the Proclamation states: "My Administration is committed to addressing the unique challenges people with disabilities face as they seek to attain economic stability. Americans with disabilities deserve access to quality health care, affordable housing, inclusive financial institutions, and the innovative technologies that are transforming our world. That is why we have actively enforced the ADA, and why we have worked to toughen the protections against disabilitybased discrimination, increase accessibility in our communities, and expand opportunities for employment, education, and financial independence for people with disabilities." To access the complete text of this Presidential Proclamation, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-29/pdf/2015-18785.pdf
This National Public Radio (NPR) article/blog highlights the personal aspects of disability, employment and economic well-being that still require attention 25 years following the passage of the ADA. It profiles the experience of 27-year-old Emeka Nnaka of Tulsa, Oklahoma who a semi-pro football player who was injured during a game and challenges he faces in reaching his goals. If you have a disability in the U.S., you're twice as likely to be poor as someone without a disability. You're also far more likely to be unemployed. And that gap has widened in the 25 years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted. The employment rate for working age people with disabilities is 14.4% compared to 71.2% for those without a disability and the poverty rate is 32.1% compared to 13% for those without a disability. Median household income is $30,600 compared to $58,400 for those without a disability. To view the full article and responses, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/07/23/424990474/why-disability-and-poverty-still-go-hand-in-hand-25-years-after-landmark-law
On July 23, 2015, the Department of Labor published the nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations to implement Section 188 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Under Section 188(e) of WIOA, Congress required the Department to issue regulations implementing Section 188 no later than one year after enactment of WIOA. The Department's publication of this final rule complies with the statutory mandate. This final rule creates a new part in the CFR, which mirrors the regulations published in the CFR in 1999 to implement Section 188 of WIA. The Department has made no substantive changes in this final rule; the changes are technical in nature. This final rule adopts the Department's regulatory scheme for Section 188 of WIA verbatim, with technical revisions to conform to WIOA. Specifically, the Department has: -- Replaced references to the ``Workforce Investment Act of 1998'' or ``WIA'' with ``Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act'' or ``WIOA'' to reflect the proper statutory authority; and -- updated section numbers in the text of the regulation to reflect its new location. To access the Federal Register Notice on Section 188, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-23/pdf/2015-17637.pdf
In June 2015, the U..S. Department of Treasury issued the Final Report of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability of Young Americans. On June 25, 2013, President Obama signed Executive Order 13646 creating a new President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. The Council will advise the President and the Secretary of the Treasury on how to promote financial capability among young Americans and encourage building the financial capability of young people at an early stage in schools, families, communities, and the workplace and through use of technology. These recommendations will contribute to the nation's future financial stability and increase upward economic mobility. Strengthening the financial capability of our young people is an investment in our nation's economic prosperity. The Council was comprised of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Education, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and up to 22 non-governmental members. The Council completed its term on June 25, 2015. To view the final report of the Committee, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/financial-education/Documents/PACFCYA%20Final%20Report%20June%202015.pdf
A Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking And Notice Of Public Hearing on Guidance Under Section 529A: Qualified ABLE Programs has been issued in Federal Register, Vol. 80, No. 119, on Monday, June 22, 2015. Comments must be received by September 21, 2015. SUMMARY: This document contains proposed regulations under section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code that provide guidance regarding programs under The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2014. Section 529A provides rules under which States or State agencies or instrumentalities may establish and maintain a new type of tax-favored savings program through which contributions may be made to the account of an eligible individual with a disability to meet qualified disability expenses. These accounts also receive favorable treatment for purposes of certain means-tested Federal programs. In addition, these proposed regulations provide corresponding amendments to regulations under sections 511 and 513, with respect to unrelated business taxable income, sections 2501, 2503, 2511, 2642 and 2652, with respect to gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and section 6011, with respect to reporting requirements. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations. To access the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15280.pdf