The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) have announced the public release of the first Annual Disability Equality Index SM (DEISM), an online benchmarking tool that offers businesses the opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices. AAPD and the USBLN will be releasing the DEI survey questions publicly on June 26, 2014, before opening up the first Annual DEI survey to Fortune 1000 scope companies for participation in October 2014. Those interested in attending the DEI survey public release call must register here by June 19, 2014. “We are confident the DEI is going to be a game changer for all companies who are interested in enhancing their disability inclusion efforts regardless of where they are at in their journey,” said Jill Houghton, executive director of the USBLN. Source. To learn more about the survey, please go to: http://www.aapd.com/resources/press-room/press-releases/disability-equality-index-1.html
In February 2014, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s Research Prioritization Task Force (RPTF) released A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives, available by clicking here, which outlines the research areas that show the most promise in helping to reduce the rates of suicide attempts and deaths in the next five to 10 years, “if optimally implemented,” according to the Task Force’s website. As a companion piece to the Prioritized Research Agenda, the RPTF also developed a Suicide Research Prioritization Plan of Action, which outlines the research pathways and short- and long-term objectives presented in the full Prioritized Research Agenda. These documents are available for download by clicking on the above links or from the source below. The Action Alliance is also seeking feedback on its “Comprehensive Blueprint for Workplace Suicide Prevention.” For more information, click here. Source: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/
Social Security Disability: Participation in the Ticket to Work Program Has Increased, but More Oversight Needed, GAO-11-828T September 23, 2011. This Testimony discusses the Social Security Administration's (SSA) Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program (Ticket program). Created by law in 1999, the Ticket Program was intended to assist disability beneficiaries in obtaining and retaining employment, and potentially bring about significant savings to the Disability Insurance Trust Fund by reducing or eliminating their benefits. Under the program, SSA provides each eligible beneficiary (Ticket holder) with a Ticket to obtain services from SSA- approved public or private providers, referred to as employment networks (ENs), or from traditional state vocational rehabilitation (VR)agencies. When the Ticket Program was created, it was estimated that it had the potential to provide significant savings to the Social Security Trust Funds and Treasury. However, GAO's prior work, the work of SSA's Office of the Inspector General, and others has questioned the viability of the Program due to low participation and costs that are not offset by beneficiaries returning to work and reducing dependency on benefits. In an effort to address these concerns, SSA revised its regulations in 2008 to attract more ticket holders and ENs. This testimony summarizes GAO's Report issued in May and focuses on (1) how participation of Ticket holders and ENs in the Ticket Program has changed over time, (2) what is known about the range of service approaches used by employment networks, and (3) the policies and processes SSA has to evaluate ENs and Ticket holders to ensure program integrity and effectiveness.