According to a National Survey of Consumer Attitudes towards Companies that Hire People with Disabilities, 92% of the American public view companies that hire people with disabilities more favorably than those that do not. And, 87% of the public would prefer to give their business to companies that hire people with disabilities. Studies such as this one are very valuable in making the business case to employers as to why employers should hire people with disabilities. What are some of the facts, statistics, or things you present to employers to help them understand the benefits of hiring workers with disabilities? Share your information and experiences in making a return on investment (ROI) case for hiring disabled workers here!
“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.
On December 16, 2015, the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) entered into an agreement with the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor concerning Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Section 14(c) permits employers to pay wages less than the federal minimum wage, after receipt of a certificate from the Department of Labor, to individuals whose earning or productive capacity is impacted by a physical or mental disability for the work that is to be performed. NDRN, made up of the nationwide network of Protection and Advocacy agencies, has for years investigated instances of abuse and exploitation of workers with disabilities by employers, including employers who hold 14(c) certificates. The agreement demonstrates the commitment of the WHD, NDRN and P&A agencies to protect the rights of workers with disabilities. The agreement: -- Improves the sharing of information between NDRN, the P&As and the Wage and Hour Division on potential violations of subminimum wage certificates by employers; -- Utilizes the resources, knowledge, and expertise of the P&As on disability issues in each particular jurisdiction, such as locations of suspected wage and hour violations. -- Supports exchanging information about the laws and regulations of common concern to NDRN, the P&As, and the Wage and Hour Division. To view the full press release, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ndrn.org/en/media/releases/577-press-release-dol-agreement.html
This recorded archive highlights the National Disability Institute's American Dream Employment Network (ADEN), a national administrative Employment Network. ADEN is a consortium of service providers and employers working together to create a path for individuals with disabilities receiving Social Security disability benefits to return to work or begin working for the first time. ADEN is an approved Employment Network operating under the Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work. This webinar provides an overview of ADEN, how employment service providers can tap into this turnkey opportunity, and how ADEN supports the employment of persons with disabilities. To view this webinar archive, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/resources/webinars.aspx
This webinar is hosted by the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Network and will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time. Join National Disability Institute and Corporation for Enterprise Development CFED’s Taxpayer Opportunity Network to learn about tools and resources available for the upcoming tax season. Each year, many taxpayers with disabilities unnecessarily spend an average of $210 on tax preparer fees and miss out on claiming valuable tax credits they are eligible to receive. That is why improving access to free tax preparation services and favorable tax credits for persons with disabilities are two key strategies NDI focuses on each year. This webinar will provide an overview of the Taxpayer Opportunity Network including tools and resources they have available to support free tax preparation services in the upcoming tax season. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://ndiwebinars.webex.com/ndiwebinars/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3b4f009619f2d40eaf4ca2ccb98eac34
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.
This webinar will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EST, is sponsored by National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE). The September national WISE webinar will present information about Social Security programs and rules. Join the webinar to learn about Ticket to Work and Work Incentives, frequently asked questions, and where to find more information. You will hear from Ticket to Work and Work Incentives experts about resources especially for young adults in transition: -- Tips and resources for transition to employment -- The Youth Transitions Collaborative -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives for young adults To register fro this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinars-tutorials/
This webinar is hosted by the LEAD Center Webinar on June 24, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. It is the third webinar in a four-part series, "WIOA from a Disability Perspective." This month's webinar, "Understanding Changes Regarding Youth Services," will address cross-system collaboration and WIOA opportunities to support career counseling, skills training, job exploration, leadership development and financial literacy education for youth with and without disabilities. All LEAD Center webinars are captioned and presentation materials are sent to participants in advance of the webinar. For any other reasonable accommodation requests, please contact Brittany Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now.
This webinar is hosted by Social Security Administration's National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) and will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time This webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules and share a success story of an individual with a mental illness who found employment through Ticket to Work. In addition, the experts will share information about: -- Ticket to Work and Work Incentives -- Frequently Asked Questions -- Where to find more information. WISE webinars are live, free and accessible online events for those interested in learning about Ticket to Work, Work Incentives and other disability employment related topics. Social Security and disability employment experts will be available to answer your questions. WISE webinars are hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.chooseworkttw.net/webinar/ You can also call to register for the webinar at: 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).
Mathematica Policy Research's Center for Studying Disability Policy is hosting this webinar on Tuesday, May 12, from 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. (ET). The cost of federal disability benefits for teenagers and young adults is substantial. In 2013, 1,156,000 individuals ages 13 to 25 received $8.7 billion in Supplemental Security Income benefits. These young people face distinct challenges in transitioning to work and economic self-sufficiency. To help them overcome these challenges, the Social Security Administration sponsored the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) from 2003 to 2012. Promising interventions to help youth with disabilities navigate the transition to work were developed and tested. The interventions featured employment and education counseling, job development and job placement services, benefits counseling, and financial planning. The demonstration also included financial incentives to encourage employment among young people who were receiving disability benefits. Certain SSA disability program rules were waived to let YTD participants keep more of their benefits as their earnings increased. Mathematica evaluated the implementation and impacts of six of the demonstration projects. At the three-year follow-up, we found that three of the projects helped young people find work and achieve other positive outcomes. To register for this webinar, please click on view page now or go to: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=976946&sessionid=1&key=233253464FA0F8F0F36B3CA27A03370B&sourcepage=register
This piece was presented on North Country Public Radio by David Sommerstein on March 30, 2015. Their website link includes text and audio information on the closure of sheltered workshops in the state of New York and sub-minimum wage employment environments that do not promote competitive, integrated employment. To access this presentation, please click on View Page Now or got to: http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/27883/20150330/can-every-person-with-a-disability-hold-a-regular-job
The Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative ("Curb Cuts Initiative") is a Federal cross-agency effort working to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for individuals with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on individuals with significant disabilities. Curb cuts in the streets help make America a more accessible and inclusive nation. The Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative brings the same ingenuity and commonsense solutions to ensure that workers with disabilities, like all Americans, have the opportunity to obtain and succeed in good jobs and careers. The new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) places significant new responsibilities on several Cabinet-level agencies that have the responsibility for increasing the employment of individuals with disabilities, particularly the Department of Labor and the Department of Education. These agencies will take the primary lead in furthering various initiatives within their departments designed to advance employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. To learn more about the Curb Cuts Initiative, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/interagency/curb_cuts.cfm
Friday, January 30, 2015, is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)Awareness Day. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) encourages communities to advertise and encourage low income individuals to consider their eligibility for EITC based on their earning less that $52,427. They have also developed and made available a number of tools and resources to assist in this effort. The EITC allows up to $6,143 in funds returned to those eligible individuals. Increasing awareness is critical because to get the credit, individuals must file and claim it. EITC Central is an excellent source for ready-to-use news releases, and tweets. You’ll also find local statistics, key messages, fast facts, newsletter and web articles, tips for running an EITC campaign, and other basic marketing and communication materials. EITC can be a boost to individuals, families and communities. Many may qualify for EITC but don’t know it, such as childless workers, people with disabilities, people who speak English as a second language, and non-traditional families like grandparents raising their grandchildren. To access the information available at EITC Central, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.eitc.irs.gov/Partner-Toolkit/main
The National Disability Institute, under its contract with the Department of Labor to provide technical assistance to the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), has developed tools and resources for DEI grantees and the workforce system. These resource provide a basic understanding of asset development strategies and why promoting financial stability for individuals with disabilities is an important component of workforce efforts for jobseekers with disabilities. The resources available to workforce professionals include fact sheets and information on how to claim tax credits, financial literacy education, asset development policy issues, and how to save money and build assets. To link to this information, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://disability.workforce3one.org/page/tag/1001212235694679620
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued this report, GAO-15-31, on Dec. 19, 2014, which focused on the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program and state agency efforts to support TANF beneficiaries enter or return to employment. Of the 10 programs GAO examined, 9 drew on the expertise of partner organizations— including community college systems, workforce agencies, and nonprofits. The programs also benefitted from decisions by state and local policymakers to dedicate funds—including TANF funds—for the selected programs. However, many program design and funding choices are left to the states, and GAO’s prior work has shown that state use of TANF funds for more costly welfare-to-work approaches can compete with other allowable uses of TANF funds. Second, TANF’s main performance measure does not necessarily encourage agencies to use certain approaches that incorporate longer-term education and training or treatment services. Third, little incentive exists for TANF agencies to evaluate their programs. HHS’s authority over many aspects of TANF is limited and it has not proposed legislative changes to address these areas. Without federal action, adoption and evaluation of promising approaches may continue to be limited to select states and localities, leaving TANF recipients in other locations without access to these promising approaches. To access the full GAO report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-15-31
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) issued Training and Employment Notice 12-14 on October 17, 2014, to inform the public workforce system and employers about affirmative efforts by employers, employer organizations, and workforce agencies to increase economic competitiveness by tapping into the talent pool of long-term unemployed individuals, which includes many qualified, experienced, and skilled workers. ETA is hosting a webinar to share this information on Friday, October 24, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00 PM, EST. DOL is encouraging the public workforce system to assist these individuals by: 1) Partnering with employers to implement promising human resources practices; 2) Targeting and espanding work-based learning models, such as on-the-job training; 3) Offering specialized services, such as financial counseling, behavioral health counseling, and enhanced job search assistance; and 4) Boosting job seeker outreach and engagement strategies to better reach the long-term unemployed. The TEN 12-14 is available at: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=7919 To register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now.
Billionaire Carlos Slim and Best Buddies International Founder Anthony K. Shriver have launched this hiring initiative to improve employment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I'M IN TO HIRE is a campaign that seeks to raise awareness of the lack of employment for those living with IDD and to showcase the measurable business benefits of hiring them. According to National Core Indicators (NCI), a staggering 85% of adults with developmental disabilities did not have a paid job in the community in 2012-2013. . Also cited are the benefits to the business community to hire individuals with disabilities as demonstrated by the groundbreaking 2014 report by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), "Employing People with Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitieS." The significant business benefits identified by high-performance organizations surveyed for the study reported: - 57% reported the addition of highly motivated employees who are good talent matches; - 43% said it produces measurable and observable business benefits; - 47% reported an inclusive culture attractive to talent pools; - 60% said it supports their diversity and inclusion strategy. A conversation between Carlos Slim and Anthony Shriver about I"M IN TO HIRE is provided in Wall Street Journal Video at: http://www.wsj.com/video/carlos-slim-a-workplace-that-includes-the-disabled/4BEA0565-3A15-4A9E-BD26-4BAC48DF99CB.html To learn more about the initiative, please click on View Page Now.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training has created a number of 30 Second Trainings for business. This 30 Second Training highlights the benefits to business of providing accommodations to an employee with a disability.. Click on Download Now to access this 30 Second Training.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has on-line employment support of for ExOffenders at www.CareerOneStop.org/ExOffender CareerOneStop’s Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders offers information, tips, and resources to help people with criminal convictions overcome barriers they might face in their job search. There is also a wealth of information for counselors and others who work with individuals with criminal records. Through this website, you can find: State Resources – for help with basic needs or getting ready for job search Explore Careers – to learn more about work options Get Training – to improve skills or go back to school Find a Job – to search for and apply for jobs To access the Career One-Stop ExOffender website, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.careeronestop.org/ExOffender/index.aspx
Social Security Disability Benefits: Finding Alternatives to Benefit Receipt A special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy, compiled and co-edited by Gina Livermore, David Neumark, and David Wittenburg, explores the evolution of disability policy in the U.S., the factors contributing to growth in the disability rolls, and the potential for early interventions and employment support to curb this growth. A rising number of people with disabilities receive cash benefits from the Social Security Administration's (SSA's) disability programs, which include Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income. This trend has heightened policy interest in finding alternatives to receiving disability benefits, including employment, to promote the economic well-being of people with disabilities and to alleviate fiscal pressure on the SSA trust fund and federal budget. This special issue of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy is a resource for those looking for policy solutions to this complex problem. Although the findings do not reveal which approaches would work best, all nine articles in the series suggest that strategically targeting assistance, such as incentives and supports that encourage people with disabilities to stay in the labor force in lieu of applying for benefits, has the potential to reduce program growth. To view the full report, please go to http://www.mathematica-mpr.com/news/alternatives-to-benefit-receipt-iza-journal-of-labor-policy?spMailingID=9086514&spUserID=MTU0MDAwODEwNwS2&spJobID=341965770&spReportId=MzQxOTY1NzcwS0