This Webinar is sponsored by the National Disability Institute's (NDI's) ABLE National Resource Center and will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 / 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time. Since the passage of the Stephen Beck Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in December of 2014 there has been a great deal of progress both at the state and federal levels. This progress includes the passage of over 35 state ABLE related pieces of legislation, the development of proposed rules and regulations, several advanced notices outlining additional guidance, formal direction from the Social Security Administration, and a major amendment to the federal statute. Given all this exciting progress, the ABLE National Resource Center is hosting this webinar to highlight the various components of this progress in an effort to better prepare and educate individuals with disabilities and their families, state ABLE administrators, the greater disability advocacy community, and other relevant stakeholders as to the current status of ABLE and what we can expect in the next 12 months. To register for this Webinar, 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 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
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 U.S. Department of Labor issued this second Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 08-15 on November 17, 2015. The purpose of this TEGL is to provide guidance and planning information to states, local workforce areas, and other recipients of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I youth formula funds on the activities associated with the implementation of WIOA. To access this TEGL, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=6073
This guide was developed in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability - Youth. Statewide implementation of quality comprehensive career development programs and activities is 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. To access a PDF version of the guide, please click on View Page Now.
$12.6 Million in Grants Awarded to Help Improve Outcomes of Individuals with Disabilities in Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Development On October 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) announced more than $12.6 million in grants in multiple project areas to help improve the outcomes of individuals with disabilities—from cradle through career. The investments are aimed at promoting inclusion, equity and opportunity for individuals with disabilities to help ensure their economic self-sufficiency, independent living and full community participation. They include awards to: -- Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) to Mississippi State University; -- American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) to Northern Arizona University; -- Career Pathway Projects for Individuals with Disabilities to Georgia VRA, Nebraska Department of Education, Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services, and Kentucky Office for the Blind. -- TA Center for VRA Program Evaluation and Quality Assurance to Stout, University of Wisconsin; -- VRA Technical Assistance Center for Targeted Communities to Southern University; -- Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center to San Diego State University; -- VRA TA Center - Youth with Disabilities to Institute for Educational Leadership. To learn more about these grant awards, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/126-million-grants-awarded-help-improve-outcomes-individuals-disabilities-vocational-rehabilitation-and-workforce-development
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.
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued technical assistance on the obligation of testing entities, both private and public, to ensure that the test scores of individuals with disabilities accurately reflect the individual's aptitude, achievement, or the skill that the exam purports to measure, rather than his or her disability. The document discusses who is entitled to testing accommodations, what types of testing accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations. The document also discusses prohibited flagging policies and how test scores for test-takers receiving disability-related accommodations should be reported. For a copy of the Guidance Document, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ada.gov/regs2014/testing_accommodations.html or to To find out more about the ADA, visit www.ada.gov or call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA Information Line at 1-800-514-0301 or 1-800-514-0383 (TDD).
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
In July 2015, the Food Research and Action Center issued "SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities" Food Research and Action Center. The following is excerpted from the Executive Summary: Poverty, hunger, and food insecurity disproportionately affect Americans who have communicative, mental, or physical disabilities. For these children, adults, and seniors, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a vital support. Access to affordable, nutritious food often is even more critical for Americans with disabilities than for others. Not only are people with disabilities more likely to experience poverty and food insecurity, but they also are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions that can be aggravated by poor nutrition. These conditions can exacerbate existing disabilities or even lead to new disabilities. Good nutrition is a key component of good health for all Americans, but for those who have a disability, eating nutritiously, even during periods of economic difficulty, is critically important. This report provides information on: 1. The population of Americans with disabilities, including factors that lead to increased poverty and food insecurity among them; 2. SNAP’s role among programs targeted to assist people with disabilities; 3. SNAP program rules and policies that make it both accessible and responsive to the needs of Americans with disabilities; and 4. Recommendations for strengthening SNAP’s support for people with disabilities through state policy options, agency practices, and outreach. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://frac.org/pdf/snap_matters_people_with_disabililties.pdf
This webinar is hosted by the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) on August 26, 2015, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, EST. This session is the seventh webinar in the Enough is Known for Action series for the youth community, hosted by the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Division of Youth Services and Regional Offices. The purpose of this webinar series is to inspire strategic planning and action now as the system is in the early stages of implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The full series is available here. https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001522528444734812/info
A new report titled "Registered Apprenticeship Programs: Improving the Pipeline for People with Disabilities" provides the findings of a recent study conducted for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) discussing strategies and recommendations for including people with disabilities in apprenticeship programs. A Training and Employment Notice (TEN), "Expanding Registered Apprenticeships and Pre-Apprenticeships to Create a Pathway to Good Middle Class Jobs for Youth and Adults with Disabilities," was issued by the Employment and Training Administration and ODEP to distribute the report. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/odep/pdf/ApprenticeshipReport.pdf
This webinar will be held on July 29, 2015, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time and is a partnership between the Employment & Training Administration’s (ETA) Division of Youth Services and Boston Regional Office, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, and the Institute for Educational Leadership. The unemployment rates for youth with disabilities are significantly higher as compared to their peers without disabilities due to a range of factors from attitudinal barriers to inaccessible programs and services. To ensure all youth, including those with disabilities, have access to career planning services, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) encourages seamless coordination between state and local agencies, workforce providers, and other providers to help youth with disabilities realize their career goals despite the individual challenges they may experience. During this webinar, the presenters will highlight program designs, service delivery strategies, and lessons learned on leveraging collaborative partnerships to develop comprehensive programs and to coordinate supportive services during program participation and after job placement. This session is the 6th webinar of the Enough is Known for Action series, which is designed to provide states and communities with guidance and inspire strategic planning before and during WIOA implementation which began on July 1, 2015. To register for this webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001520129174829371/info
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
In June 2015, the U..S. Department of Treasury issued the Final Report of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability of Young Americans. On June 25, 2013, President Obama signed Executive Order 13646 creating a new President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. The Council will advise the President and the Secretary of the Treasury on how to promote financial capability among young Americans and encourage building the financial capability of young people at an early stage in schools, families, communities, and the workplace and through use of technology. These recommendations will contribute to the nation's future financial stability and increase upward economic mobility. Strengthening the financial capability of our young people is an investment in our nation's economic prosperity. The Council was comprised of the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Education, the Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and up to 22 non-governmental members. The Council completed its term on June 25, 2015. To view the final report of the Committee, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/financial-education/Documents/PACFCYA%20Final%20Report%20June%202015.pdf
A Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking And Notice Of Public Hearing on Guidance Under Section 529A: Qualified ABLE Programs has been issued in Federal Register, Vol. 80, No. 119, on Monday, June 22, 2015. Comments must be received by September 21, 2015. SUMMARY: This document contains proposed regulations under section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code that provide guidance regarding programs under The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2014. Section 529A provides rules under which States or State agencies or instrumentalities may establish and maintain a new type of tax-favored savings program through which contributions may be made to the account of an eligible individual with a disability to meet qualified disability expenses. These accounts also receive favorable treatment for purposes of certain means-tested Federal programs. In addition, these proposed regulations provide corresponding amendments to regulations under sections 511 and 513, with respect to unrelated business taxable income, sections 2501, 2503, 2511, 2642 and 2652, with respect to gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and section 6011, with respect to reporting requirements. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations. To access the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-06-22/pdf/2015-15280.pdf
The National Disability Institute has issued their June 2015 Policy Update under their contract as the LEAD Center and the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. The June 2015 update features stories on the newly introduced Transition to Independence Act, the Notice of Proposed Rule Making for the ABLE Act, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of King v. Burwell, various state updates and more. To view the Policy Update, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.leadcenter.org/resource-center/publication/policy-update-employment-health-care-and-disability-june-30-2015
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) (ACICIEID) will hold its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The meeting will be open to the public on July 13 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT, and on July 14 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT. During the meeting, the four subcommittees of the Committee will report out on their work on draft chapters for the interim report. The Committee will also hear from expert panels that will address issues with provider transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment. The Committee will also acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its connection to competitive integrated employment. Finally, the Committee will hear from a panel of providers about their experiences with sheltered workshops under section 14(c) of the FLSA. There will be a public comment period on July 13 from 2:15 to 3:00 PM EDT. Organizations or members of the public wishing to submit a written statement may do so by July 2, 2015. Instructions on submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice. You can access the Federal Register Notice by clicking on View Page now or going to:
On June 18, 2015, the National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report examining the policies and practices that push the nation’s schoolchildren, especially those most at risk, out of classrooms and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and asks and answers whether existing federal laws offer ways to disrupt this pattern, which has come to be known as the “School-to-Prison Pipeline.” In conjunction with its fall quarterly meeting, NCD convened a stakeholder forum in Atlanta in October 2014 to receive testimony on the role of special education in the School-to-Prison Pipeline. The findings and recommendations in the “Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline” report are based upon the culmination of that testimony, interviews with experts, and review of available research. As a result of its research, NCD has concluded that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) can and should be an important part of the solution to the Pipeline crisis, and thus the report’s recommendations focus on ways to improve existing special education delivery and enforcement systems to better meet the needs of students with disabilities, and particularly of students with disabilities of color. To view the report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.ncd.gov/publications/2015/06182015/