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.
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 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
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 Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has issued Disability Etiquette in honor of National Disability Awareness Month. The norms for being courteous and respectful to people with disabilities, including co-workers, are generally the same as those for being courteous and respectful to all people. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is an opportune time to ensure employees, especially those who may be new to an organization, understand this. To help in doing so, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network offers a primer, including tips for communicating with people with different types of disabilities. To access this resource, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askearn.org/refdesk/Inclusive_Workplaces/Etiquette
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has updated its “Workplace Accommodations publication for 2015. It reports the results of a JAN study, ongoing since 2004, that shows that the benefits employers receive from making workplace accommodations far outweigh the low cost. Employers reported that providing accommodations resulted in such benefits as retaining valuable employees, improving productivity and morale, reducing workers’ compensation and training costs, and improving company diversity. These benefits were obtained with little investment. The employers in the study reported that a high percentage (58%) of accommodations cost absolutely nothing to make, while the rest typically cost only $500. To access this resource, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/media/lowcosthighimpact.html
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for this year — which marks 70 years since the first observance — is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am." A "Who I Am" Toolkit and other resources are available online that features a range of integrated materials to help you or your organization support the message of the “Who I Am” PSA. The discussion guide can be used to facilitate staff training and education efforts around the issues of disability employment and workforce diversity. The posters can be used to create workplace diversity displays or freshen up bulletin boards, waiting areas and break rooms. A Spanish-language poster is also available, as is a Spanish-language version of the PSA. To access the Toolkit and other resources for NDEAM Month, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) Multimedia Training Microsite provides training resources that may be used in group training or by individuals. They may easily be incorporated into larger training events. Some resources are for general audiences, some are quite specific. Also incorporate archived JAN Webcasts and podcasts to your training curriculum. To access JAN's Multimedia Training Mircrosite, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/training/library.htm
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
On May 13, 2015, the LEAD Center published this new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resource that offers an approach consistent with the most innovative and cutting edge human resource practices. Its signature strategy, Discovery, offers an approach for job seekers with barriers to employment that is consistent with some of the most widely accepted strategies for successful career development. Customized Employment and Discovery are not necessarily appropriate or desirable for all AJC job seekers with disabilities or other barriers to employment, but the strategies provide “non-traditional” options and choices – both for job seekers and AJC staff. If you want to know more about how American Job Centers can effectively implement Customized Employment and Discovery, take a moment to read these FAQs. To view these FAQs, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/faqs-using-customized-employment-s-discovery-and-group-discovery-models-promote-job-seeker-success-american-job-centers
On January 29, 2015, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a blog post announcing five new national partners for their Your Money, Your Goals toolkit. This toolkit in your communities, available in both English and Spanish, on their webpage. To access the toolkit, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/blog/more-momentum-for-promoting-tools-for-social-services-programs/
The National Disability Institute (NDI) has long championed the ABLE Act as a critical strategy to providing a pathway to a better economic future for all people with disabilities. As the nation’s first nonprofit dedicated to improving the financial health and future of all people with disabilities, the organization has extensively documented and called attention to the daily reality and extra expenses associated with living with a disability, and the challenges of navigating the complex web of government rules to maintain public benefits eligibility. In recognition of this unprecedented legislation, NDI has created a list of 10 items about ABLE accounts that individuals with disabilities and their families should know: ABLE Accounts: 10 Things You Must Know To view this ABLE Act Fact Sheet, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/News.aspx?id=460
This resource guide was developed by the National Disability Institute under its contract with the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) to provide technical assistance to Disability Employment Initiative and the workforce system at-large. It provides Workforce Employment Networks with the following information: -- Ticket to Work basics -- The Basics of Social Security Benefits -- First Step in EN Operations: EN Suitability -- Enrolling in the eProcesses- a Must! -- Service Delivery Flow Charts -- Understanding the Three Key EN Operational Tasks: 1)Ticket Holder Identification - Marketing and Outreach; 2) Ticket Assignment - Creating the Employment Plan; 3) EN Payments - ePay, the Simplified Approach to EN Payments -- Additional Resources Please note: this Guide is a fluid document and will be updated as needed. To access a PDF version of the Guide, please click on Download Now.
On November 10, 2014,in honor of Veterans Day, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) released a new resource of leading employment practices and actionable tips for successfully recruiting, onboarding, supporting and retaining veterans within a company's workforce. The Employers' Guide for Welcoming and Supporting Wounded Warriors offers valuable tips on successful veterans' recruitment, as well as support and retention strategies, to avoid high turnover rates. This is especially significant for the nearly 50,000 federal contractor companies that are subject to new regulations on hiring protected veterans, including those with disabilities, under updates to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act. To access the guide, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://nod.org/research_publications/wwc_vets/employers_guide/?utm_source=2014 Veterans Day&utm_campaign=2014 Veterans Day%3A Employer Guide RMT %26 HuffPo&utm_medium=email
Iowa Workforce Development have developed and implemented an integrated policy model for job seekers with disabilities that has improved services for all workforce customers in Iowa. They developed their integrated policy, in part, through Iowa's Disability Employment Initiative Grant.. ? The Iowa policy provides guidance to local workforce regions in being responsive to job seekers who disclose a disability in Iowa?s Integrated Service Delivery Model which supports the objective of full and effective inclusion of Iowans with disabilities in the employment service system and in the industry of their communities. To view the Iowa Integrated Policies, please click on View Page Now.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) recently released a new report on utilizing Medicaid for people in supportive housing or experiencing chronic homelessness. It provides information on how states can use Medicaid to support the health and behavioral health services needed by people experiencing chronic homelessness. It discusses Medicaid's legislative authorities, specific provisions in state Medicaid plans, benefit design, payment mechanisms, contract provisions, and implementation strategies that states could replicate or adapt. To view this HHS report, please click on View Page Now.
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness of not meeting the goals of disability employment issues and honors the contributions of workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” There are multiple Computer and Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) resources available to help agencies participate in NDEAM and bring awareness to disability employment during the month of October and throughout the year. Resources include: - Online Trainings: CAP has created a series of online training modules. These modules help employers understand the process of hiring employees with disabilities and how to provide reasonable accommodations after they are hired. - Assistive Technology (AT) Videos: demonstration videos provide in-depth information on the most commonly requested accommodations and how these solutions can help employees with disabilities. CAP has 14 videos on their CAP YouTube Channel at: youtube.com/thedodcap. - Materials: Download free materials on CAP services, employment of individuals with disabilities, workplace accommodations, and ergonomics at cap.mil/newsevents/ marketing.aspx. - Poster: CAP has created a series of printable posters themed around reasonable accommodations for use at your agency. These posters are available for free download at cap.mil/newsevents/marketing/CAPPosters.aspx To access more information about NDEAM resources available through CAP, please click at View Page Now or go to: http://www.cap.mil/AboutCAP/News.aspx?id=625