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
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.
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
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/
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.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability, and shows employers how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities add to the workplace. JAN’s trusted consultants offer one-on-one guidance on workplace accommodations including Assistive Technology options, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation, and self-employment and entrepreneurship options for people with disabilities. Assistance is available both over the phone and online. Those who can benefit from JAN’s services include private employers of all sizes, government agencies, employee representatives, and service providers, as well as people with disabilities and their families. JAN is one of several services provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Its development has been achieved through the collaborative efforts of ODEP, West Virginia University, and private industry throughout North America. To access the Job Accommodation Network, click on View Page Now or go to: https://askjan.org/
For those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), there are work supports that can help cover the costs of training, accommodations, transportation and help build assets that support goals towards working and living independently in the community. An Employment Network can assist with employment supports, and connect eligible beneficiaries to a certified work incentive benefits advisor who can assist in leveraging applicable work incentives, as well as help people manage their benefits while working. To find a provider click on View Page Now or go to: : http://www.chooseworkttw.net/.
Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI), University of Massachusetts, Boston, has issued their annual 2014 StateData report as part of the Access to Integrated Employment project at the ICI. Funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities , the project has described employment and day services and outcomes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for over 25 years. The report draws from multiple data sets to provide longitudinal national- and state-level statistics that address the status of employment and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with IDD across the United States. You can find other resources on this topic at statedata.info To access this report, please click on View Page Now or go to:. http://www.statedata.info/sites/statedata.info/files/files/statedatabook_2015_F.pdf
The Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has replaced the CareerOneStop's Employer Locater with the new Business Finder. The Business Finder includes enhanced features and streamlined design. Aligned with CareerOneStop’s overall redesign, improvements include a single search box to enter your preferred search criteria, an easy-to-read results page, and improved filters to help you narrow your results. Job seekers can learn about businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that may be hiring in their local area. They can locate nearly 12 million employers by business name, industry, occupation, or location. For each business, they will find basic information including addresses and phone numbers for contacting them about potential job openings. Other uses for the Business Finder include: -- Targeting a job search. Job seekers or counselors can get a list of organizations likely to employ people in your occupation or industry, and contact them to inquire about job openings. -- Job interview research. Job seekers can find basic information about businesses, and research their competitors or suppliers to be ready for interview questions. -- Industry research. Businesses, economic developers, students, or job seekers can identify businesses in any industry by city, state, or regional area. To access the CareerOneStop's Business Finder, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/jobs/business-finder.aspx
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) is hosting the last in a three-part series focused on stay-at-work/return-to-work issues, Promoting Retention and Re-employment Following Injury or Illness. ODEP is very interested in public comments and input on five policy recommendations aimed at increasing retention and re-employment after illness or injury. In order to gather this input, ODEP is utilizing an innovative crowdsourcing tool where interested stakeholders can post comments and vote on the five policy recommendations. To review these recommendations and share your feedback please click on View Page Now or go to http://RetentionReemployment.ePolicyWorks.org/
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the contribution and impact of the ADA Generation, Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) has collected stories from youth and young adults with disabilities who grew up under the ADA. These stories are personal narratives, reflections, and demonstrations of the importance of the ADA in people's lives. IEL received stories from youth, young adults, allies, and even entire organizations that are focused on promoting the rights and independence of people with disabilities. The 14 stories showcase the achievements of youth and young adults with visible and invisible disabilities and serve as a reminder of the tremendous impact and importance of the ADA. To access these stories, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://iel.org/ada-generation
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) E-news (August 2015) celebrates the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA by encouraging businesses to educate the workforce about the ADA and disability employment issues. Informing employees, beyond simply posting an equal opportunity poster, can benefit businesses by creating a more knowledgeable and inclusive workforce, reducing the likelihood of discrimination through awareness, and improving productivity by recognizing value in providing reasonable accommodations. The E-news includes many ways to educate the workforce about the ADA and reasonable accommodation. To access this this month's JAN E-news, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/enews/2015/Enews-V13-I3.htm#5
On July 26, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to states regarding opportunities to design service delivery systems for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD), including a new opportunity for demonstration projects approved under section 1115 of the Social Security Act to ensure that a continuum of care is available to individuals with SUD. To view the CMS letter to states, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.medicaid.gov/federal-policy-guidance/federal-policy-guidance.html
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 Disability.gov website has issued a bulletin with numerous resource links and information in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Included in their bulletin is information on understanding the ADA, history of the ADA, the ADA National Network and what is provides, what employers need to know, and more. To view this Disability.Gov bulletin, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USODEP/bulletins/10fd5bb
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
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has unveiled a disability historical timeline called "Advancing Equal Access to Opportunity" as a start to its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The timeline highlights the laws related to disability employment from 1920 to the present. In addition to the timeline, DOL is featuring personal stories submitted by workers with disabilities who have been affected by the ADA in their lives and careers. To access the Timeline, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/featured/ada/
Small Business Administration's website for People with Disabilities includes extensive information and resources for individuals who are interested in starting a business. In addition to meeting career aspirations and goals, owning your own business can provide benefits such as work flexibility and financial stability. This page offers resources to help people with disabilities start, grow and manage a small business. To link to the SBA resource page, please click on View Page Now or click on https://www.sba.gov/content/people-with-disabilities
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is highlighting accommodations identified by the Job Accommodation Network for psychiatric conditions in honor of May is Mental Health Month. It is an opportune time for employers to consider ways they can support employees who may have mental health disabilities and retain valued employees. To view a number of accommodation options, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://askjan.org/media/psyc.htm