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.
Webinar: Explores serving individuals with disabilities in a demand-driven system and ways to be responsive to employers by promoting the employment of people with disabilities as an untapped labor source of qualified workers. It shares practices for making the business case for hiring people with disabilities and working with employers. Resources such as web-sites, business cases, fact sheets, employer toolkits, and other materials to use with employers when promoting the recruitment and retention of people disabilities are presented.
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has released it's Disability Employment Tracker™ as a tool for companies to do a free and confidential online assessment that provides critical analysis of four aspects of a company’s disability employment practices, with an optional assessment of veteran employment practices. The four areas include: -- Climate & Culture -- Employment Lifecycle -- Tracking & Measurement -- Results & Opportunities The Disability Employment Tracker includes benchmarking scores relative to other companies. Most importantly, participating companies will benefit from extensive information on leading practices. To access this resource, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.nod.org/services/tracker.html
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.
Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has released information on accommodation enhancements and tools that employers can utilize for their employees with disabilities. All employees need the right tools and work environment to effectively perform their jobs. Similarly, people with disabilities may need workplace adjustments, or accommodations, to maximize their productivity. Having a clear process for requesting and providing accommodations is an easy step small businesses can take to send a clear signal about their commitment to a disability-inclusive workforce. Whether they realize it or not, accommodations are something most employers provide—to employees both with and without disabilities—every day. They span the tangible, such as certain technologies or special chairs or desks, to the non-tangible, such as a flexible schedule or the opportunity to telecommute. Regardless, most accommodations are no or low cost, while yielding considerable direct and indirect benefits through increased retention and productivity. To access more information on approaches employers can utilize, 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/
Direct Video Access US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/12-11-15.cfm The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is offering a new service for people who use American Sign Language (ASL). The Direct Video Access program helps people who are deaf or hard of hearing get information in ASL about employment discrimination issues, including filing discrimination complaints. Call 844-234-5122 from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, to be connected to an EEOC representative who is fluent in ASL. To access the Direct Video link, please click on View Page Nor or go to: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/12-11-15.cfm
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
The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices and Youth issued this brief in December 2016. It addresses Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (wIOA) of 2014 that requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to change the way they work with transition-age youth, including resource allocation, service provision, and outcome tracking. This issue brief summarizes findings from a search of the peer reviewed and grey literatures for employment-focused transition programs that featured vocational rehabilitation services. Our search found just seven programs across the studies meeting the criteria for inclusion. All seven programs focused on a well-defined population of youth and had varied service models, but all featured interagency collaboration. To access this issue brief, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://vrpracticesandyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/01_RRTC_IssueBrief.pdf
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has developed the Integrated Service Delivery Toolkit in December 2016 examines the challenge of better integrated service delivery, and offers tools and resources for system leaders to utilize within their own improvement efforts. The toolkit looks at three main ways that states can look at integrated service delivery: Policies that support integrated service delivery, Program changes to enhance integrated service delivery, and Information Technology (IT) solutions that enhance integrated service delivery. The toolkit offers strategies across these three areas that promote integration and promising practices are highlighted that illustrate those successful strategies. To access this toolkit, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://wioa.workforce3one.org/view/2001508963127430705/info
This webinar was hosted by the National Disability Institute on December 9, 2015 and presented by Social Security subject matter expert Kevin Nickerson, to learn basic criteria the Social Security Administration examines for SSDI eligibility and work incentives available to disability beneficiaries that allow for a successful transition to work. Participants will also learn how health insurance is protected during the transition to work under Social Security. To access this webinar archive, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/financial-education/financial-wellness-webinar-series
In December 2015, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the LEAD Center issued three Employment First Technical Briefs for individuals and organizations working to implement Employment First in their state, region or agency. The Briefs include the followings: Technical Brief #1: Connecting the Dots: Using Federal Policy to Promote Employment First Systems-Change Efforts, provides a robust summary and overview of public policy, regulations, rules and informational bulletins that support employment outcomes and employment first for youth and adults with disabilities. Technical Brief #2: Federal Legal Framework that Supports Competitive, Integrated Employment Outcomes of Youth and Adults with Significant Disabilities, “highlights various legal actions by Federal enforcement agencies that have significant implications for how states prioritize and deliver services for individuals with disabilities. Technical Brief #3: Criteria for Performance Excellence in Employment First State Systems Change & Provider Transformation, provides guidance to states that are involved in systems change efforts aimed at improving competitive, integrated employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities. To access more information on these briefs, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/employment-first-technical-briefs
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 "Just Say Hi!" Video Collection is produced by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation that includes a growing library of short, fun videos to address the unnecessary awkwardness many people feel around disabilities. The videos include many celebrities who offer straightforward guidance for having a conversation with someone who has disabilities: "Just say hi!" that also includes personal experience and pertinent data regarding Cerebral Palsy. To access these videos, click on View Page Now or go to: http://yourcpf.org/just-say-hi/
Bridging the Gap Across Transition is a training module developed by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) that provides information on rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to help navigate from the school system to the world of work, or to post-secondary education or training, otherwise known as the transition process. Topics discussed include self-advocacy, disability disclosure, sufficient medical documentation, and types of accommodations that might be needed. To access this resource, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/training/library.htm#ModuleTransition
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
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative promoting the employment, retention, and career advancement of people with disabilities through the development, adoption, and promotion of accessible technology. PEAT is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and is managed by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT is the only entity of its kind that brings together employers, technology providers, thought leaders, and technology users around the intersecting topics of accessible technology and employment. Among other resources of interest developed by PEAT are 1) Accessible Technology Action Steps – A Guide for Employers and 2) TechCheck, a powerful but simple tool to help employers assess their technology accessibility practices and find tools to improve them. To visit the PEAT website, please click on View Page Now or go to http://peatworks.org/content/peat-tools.