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Report – Ready and Able: Addressing Labor Market Needs and Building Productive Careers for People with Disabilities Through Collaborative Approaches

People with disabilities can work and want to work. Given the growing body of evidence that demonstrates that workers with disabilities meet or exceed the job performance of co-workers without disabilities, the continuing high unemployment rate and low labor force participation rate of people with disabilities deprive the nation of a valuable pool of talent. Increasing the employment of people with disabilities produces significant benefits to the economy, the nation, and people with disabilities themselves.

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07/01/11 08:53AM

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Secretary Tom Perez Announcement

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and for people with disabilities. One rule updates requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the other updates those under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For more than 40 years these laws have required federal contractors and subcontractors to affirmatively recruit, hire, train and promote qualified veterans and people with disabilities respectively. "In a competitive job market, employers need access to the best possible employees," said Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "These rules make it easier for employers to tap into a large, diverse pool of qualified candidates."

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09/15/13 04:33PM

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Quality Employment for Disabled Veterans

According to the U.S. Census in 2007, of the 23.6 million military veterans in the United States, 6 million had disabilities. In addition, an increasing number of disabled veterans will be returning from combat in Afghanistan and Iraq with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and other mental and physical disabilities resulting from their tours of duty. If the One-Stop Career Centers are to meet the challenges of serving the increasing number of disabled veterans seeking employment services, there needs to be collaboration and coordination between the public workforce investment system and programs that serve disabled veterans. This information brief highlights DPNs successful strategies by partnering with the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program and Local Veterans Employment Representative staffing to provide access to the full array of services available to disabled veterans through the public workforce investment system.

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10/02/09 03:10PM

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Supporting Job Seekers with Multiple Challenges to Employment

Since the inception of the DPN initiative in 2003, DPNs have focused on the coordination of integrated services to job seekers with multiple challenges to employment. With considerable knowledge on resources within the workforce investment system and in the community, DPNs often see the “big picture” or the many pieces needed to form the puzzle. This information brief highlights the use of Integrated Resource Teams, which represent one approach DPNs are using to bring together multiple partners across service systems helping to build teams who work together to combine resources and help job seekers reach employment goals.

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10/02/09 03:13PM

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(Podcast) Promising Practice: Quality Employment of Disabled Veterans

This podcast will follow a segment of a workforce3one webinar connected earlier this year on the Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) partnering with the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) staff to provide access to the full array of services available to disabled veterans though the public workforce system. The Idaho State will be asked to provide follow-up on what has been happening in the state in this area since the Webinar aired almost a year ago. In addition, a newly released Information Brief on this topic will be posted and discussed.

Gordon Graff has been the State Lead for the Idaho DPN project since it was initially funded three years ago. His position is locate din the Idaho Department of Labor. Idaho has used ARRA funds to supplement the funding for the DPN program. Gordon is an expert on developing local partnerships to coordinate and leverage resources to promote employment of customers with disabilities in the One-Stop Career Center system.

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10/15/09 03:13PM

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Promising Practice: Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency of Job Seekers with Disabilities

Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) throughout the country have developed and implemented successful strategies in the public workforce system to promote the employment and economic self-sufficiency of persons with disabilities. This Information Brief highlights how DPNs are improving access to financial education; home ownership ad entrepreneurial programs, and increased use of the Earned Income Tax Credit to expand economic opportunities of job seekers with disabilities. One asset building strategies being used. One very successful strategy has been facilitating the One-Stop Career Centers to become Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.

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12/01/09 03:36PM

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Announcement of TANF Services to Assist Youth Get Support for Employment

ETA has issues a Training and Employment Notice(TEN)to encourage the public workforce system to partner with TANF agencies in their efforts to promote subsidized employment opportunities allowable under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s (ARRA) TANF Contingency funding for the creation and expansion of subsidized summer employment for low-income youth. It also encourages co-enrollment of youth in TANF and appropriate WIA programs so individuals can benefit from WIA services such as supportive services,occupational skills training,and other relevant services.

The U.S. Departments of Labor and Health and Human Services have jointly identifies areas of collaboration that support training and employment opportunities for low-income families, particularly opportunities to place eligible TANF participants in subsidized employment in the summer of 2010. It is DOL's hope that this national partnership focused on subsidized employment will be modeled throughout state and local TANF and workforce agencies. The need for this partnership comes at a critical time-- overall teen employment rate has remained devastatingly low, reaching levels not seen in 60 years. Unfortunately, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the proportion of young people employed in July 2009 was 51.4 percent. This is the lowest July rate for the series, which began in 1948. While the WIA summer youth employment funding under ARRA has been nearly expended,significant TANF Emergency Contingency funding remains and TANF agencies can choose to commit some of those funds to subsidized employment programs for low-income youth.

Individuals with disabilities and family members with disabilities comprise a disproportionately high percent of the population receiving TANF benefits.

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01/24/10 09:52AM

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ETA and VETS annoucement of new video and information brief on employment of disabled veterans

ETA and VETS, DOL, are announcing the availability of a new video and information brief to promote the employment of disabled veterans through the One-Stop Career Center system. Both are available on http://disability.workforce3one.org. Share these resources with your system's stakeholders. Related resources: http://disability.workforce3one.org/view/4200927374360810672/info

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01/31/10 10:16AM

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Promoting Economic Self-Sufficiency of Job Seekers with Disabilities

Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) throughout the country have developed and implemented successful strategies in the public workforce system to promote the employment and economic self-sufficiency of persons with disabilities. This Information Brief highlights how DPNs are improving access to financial education; home ownership ad entrepreneurial programs, and increased use of the Earned Income Tax Credit to expand economic opportunities of job seekers with disabilities. One very successful strategy has been facilitating the One-Stop Career Centers to become Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites. Read the full Brief to learn about more strategies, resources and examples of how the One-Stop Career Center system can help support jobseekers with low-incomes during tax season.

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02/17/10 04:29PM

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ADA Disability Handbook-Southwest ADA Center

Disability Law Handbook (New Edition) National Network of ADA Centers http://www.southwestada.org/html/publications/dlh/index.html. The Disability Law Handbook is a 64-page guide to the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability related laws. Written in an FAQ format, The Disability Law Handbook answers questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments. This publication is produced by the Southwest ADA Center, one of the ten National Network of ADA Centers funded by the National Institute on Rehabilitation and Research of the Department of Education, to provide technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability-related laws.

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03/14/10 09:07AM

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OIG Report in DOL's Efforts to Provide Access to Persons with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Audit Reports http://www.oig.dol.gov/cgi-bin/oa_rpts.cgi?s=&y=all&a=03 Information on DOL's Efforts to Ensure Access for Persons with Disabilities to the One-Stop Career System Report No. 25-10-001-03-390 (March 10, 2010) Access the website above and then search for the report titled “Information on DOL's Efforts to Ensure Access for Persons with Disabilities to the One-Stop Career System.” The full report is 13.5 MBs. The attachment represents a one-page summary that includes a link to the full report.

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04/05/10 12:58PM

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Mental Health Day-May 2010

Mental Health America (MHA) is continuing its tradition of celebrating "May is Mental Health Month," which began in 1949. This year’s theme, "Live Your Life Well," challenges us to promote health and wellness in homes, communities, and schools. Every day, Americans are affected by the myriad challenges, stresses, and demands on their lives. There are effective tools that are readily available and free to help persons cope better and improve their well-being. Live Your Life Well is a national public education campaign to help people better cope with stress and enhance their well-being. Stress can take a huge toll on a person's health, mood, productivity and relationships. There are tools that can help counterbalance these effects. This Web-site provides resources to build resiliency and well-being:http://www.liveyourlifewell.org/ Access the following Web site to find links to fact sheets and information on mental health: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/mentalhealthmonth Activities and Tools for the Public Workforce System http://www.dpnavigator.net/pages/mentalhealth_30.html The Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative has created a series of five 30-second trainings to disseminate via email to One-Stop Career Center and Partner Agency staff. The first Resource listed on the page is a Microsoft Word document which contains instructions on how any workforce professional can customize these “30 Second Trainings” to meet their needs. Employer Resources Check out the tools/resources (from the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health) to assist employers wiht menatl hekath issues in the work place. http://www.workplacementalhealth.org/employer_resources/index.aspx

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04/30/10 01:12PM

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Employment Transportation Options and Strategies:

Employment Transportation Options and Strategies: Opportunities for the Public Workforce System This document highlights some information on transportation initiatives and programs that can provide communities and One-Stop Career Centers with resources and suggestions to help customers address their transportation needs. The following resources from the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) and the Federal Transit Administration’s United We Ride (UWR) program offer transportation options and strategies for the public workforce system to help bridge the transportation gap to employment for individuals with disabilities, older adults, low-income and others with challenges to employment. There are several resources developed by CTAA targted specifically to the business community, including the recent publication, "Transportaion to Work: A Toolkit for the Business Community."

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05/21/10 01:44PM

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Serving Youth with Disabilities in the One-Stop Career Center System

The Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Initiative has just issued another promising practices information brief as part of a series of publications. This Brief is entitled: "Maximizing the Self-Sufficiency of Youth with Disabilities in the One-Stop Career Center System." Colorado and Minnesota are highlighted in the attached Information Brief, which includes outcomes, successful strategies, case studies, and resources.

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05/22/10 09:00AM

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Asset Development 30-Second Training Series

Asset Development 30-Second Training Series http://www.dpnavigator.net/pages/AssetDev30sec.html A 30-Second Training is a quick fun Power Point slide show that is electronically sent out to One-Stop and Partner staff and can be completed in a very short amount of time hence, 30-Seconds Trainings. They provide disability and employment information usually with a resource link for those that are interested in furthering their knowledge and expertise. ? 30-Second Trainings are designed to be fast, informative and entertaining to capture the attention of busy One-Stop staff, partners and/or employers in a 30-Second PowerPoint Show. ? 30-Second Trainings can be used to either introduce topics and information for the first time, or to reinforce information that has already been presented in a formal presentation. While it can be used as a stand-alone training, it is best used to augment other training. ? 30-Second Training topics cover a wide-range of disability and employment issues in a way that is easy to process and that leads the end-user to a reputable internet resource where they can find additional information on the topic. The Asset Development series was designed to help Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) and other workforce professionals to increase awareness of the many available Asset Development strategies and resources that exist to promote and support increased self-sufficiency and financial stability among individuals with low-incomes, including individuals with disabilities.

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06/11/10 02:56PM

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Benefits & Employment Services for Veterans with Disabilities

Benefits & Employment Services for Veterans with Disabilities Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project (HVRP) Fact Sheet #9 http://www.hvrp.org/resources/content.cfm/879 There are a variety of benefit programs and employment services available to veterans who experience a disability that play a critical role in making meaningful employment happen. In the process of pursuing employment it is important to identify the current benefits (cash benefits and health insurance) a veteran is utilizing, to plan out any changes that might occur once working, if any, and identify special work rules those benefit programs may have that support work. Additionally, there are several employment programs that assist veterans in securing and maintaining employment. These programs can provide crucial support in developing a plan for employment and accessing needed services and support. This paper provides an overview of the main employment services and benefits available to veterans with disabilities.

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06/19/10 03:58PM

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Achieving a more welcoming, integrated and accessible One-Stop Career Center system

As one of the key principles of WIA, universal access offered the promise of a welcoming, integrated, and user-friendly system. Job seekers would be able to independently tap into all available employment services, resulting in fewer requests for specialized assistance and more efficient use of staff resources. Under WIA and the Americans with Disabilities Act, reasonable accommodations would be provided upon request; however, One-Stop Career Centers would streamline services so that a wide-ranging population of job seekers, including job seekers with disabilities, would have direct access to their resources, programs and activities. With the addition of Disability Program Navigators (DPNs) in One-Stop Career Centers across the nation, universal access moved into the spotlight. Read the full Brief to learn how DPNs throughout the country are helping to expand universal access in One-Stop Career Centers for a more diverse population of job seekers.

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06/29/10 03:42PM

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Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education After Prison

This Guide was published by the Prisoner Reentry Institute, John Jay College, Spring 2008. It walks an offender through the process of setting educational goals and getting organized; enrolling in programs that best suits her/his needs; and receiving assistance to pay for college. This guide is intended to be helpful to offeners while in prison and in the community.

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06/30/10 01:53AM

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Evaluation Report on the Number of Social Security Disability Beneficiaries Being Served by the One-Stops in Four DPN States

The Report was prepared by Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Inc. under contract with the Employment and Training Administration. The purpose of this report was to conduct a quantitative evaluation of the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) initiative through the use of the One-Stop Career Center system by Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries. The study was conducted with Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, and Oregon, which were early implementers of the DPN initiative and were willing to share their Workforce Investment Act (WIA) adult and dislocated worker and Wagner-Peyser (W-P) data base information for the period Program Year 2002 – Program Year 2007. The data runs were matched with SSI and SSDI Ticket to Work (TTW) record system. The target population for the study was adults age 21 and over. In addition to determining if the impact of the DPN would effect WIA and W-P service and outcome levels for SSI and SSDI beneficiaries, it was also intended to gain understanding of the: • Extent to which One-Stop Career Centers are serving persons who are SSA disability beneficiaries; • Characteristics of SSI/SSDI beneficiaries receiving these services; • Nature of the services received; and • How services and outcomes for beneficiaries compared with SSI/SSDI beneficiaries nationally. Key findings include: • One-Stop Career Centers are serving a very large share of persons receiving SSA disability benefits and the public workforce system is providing important support for SSA disability beneficiaries who want to work; • SSA beneficiaries who used One-Stop services achieved positive employment outcomes.

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06/30/10 02:11AM

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Training and Employment Notice to Announce the Release of the Report, "Use of One-Stops by SSDI Beneficiaries in Four States Implementing Disability Program Navigator Initiatives

The US DOL/ETA has just issued TEN 1-10, Release and availability of an ETA quantitative evaluation report, "Use of One-Stops by Social Security Disability Beneficiaries in Four States Implementing Disability Program Navigator (DPN) Initiatives." ETA contracted out with Mathematica Policy Research (MPR), Inc. to condcut a quantitative evaluation of the DPN initiative through the use of the One-Stop Career Cenetr system by Supplemental Security Income(SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries. The stduy was condcuted in Colorado, Iowa, Maryland, and Oregon, which were early implementers of the DPN Initiative and were willing to share their Workforce Investment Act adult and dislocated worker and Wagner-Peyser data base information for program years 2002-2007. The data runs were matched with the SSI and SSDI Ticket to Work records system. This Reoport docuemnted that a very aklrge number of SSA disability beneficiaries are using the services of the public workforce system and achieving positive employment outcomes. The report is located here: http://disability.workforce3one.org/view/2001018107873517795/info

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07/07/10 02:39PM

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GAO Forum, "Actions that Could Increase Work Participation for Adults with Disabilities," July 2010

GAO convened a Forum on March 16, 2010, to explore policy options and actions that could be implemented to help adults with disabilities participate in the workforce. Several challenges were identified, including the need for: 1) a more coordinated system of services and benefits; 2) additional information on benefits and work incentives; 3) additional employer incentives to hire persons with disabilities; 4) targeted information to employers to make the business case to hire persons with disabilities; and 5) a coordinated Federal policy to promote the employment of persons with disabilities. The Report and Highlights can be downloaded at: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-812SP Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/highlights/d10812sphigh.pdf

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07/30/10 10:16AM

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DOJ's Revised ADA Regulations Title II-Fact Sheet

The Department of Justice issued final regulations covering Titles II and III of the ADA to incorporate the changes made by the passage of the ADA Amendments Act (ADDAA) in 2008. Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disbaility in state and local government services. Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and in commercial facilities. The Department has prepared fact sheets identifying the major changes in the rules. Title II: Final Rule amending 28 CFR Part 35: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services -- (HTML) Text of Revised Final Title II Regulation. Title III: Final Rule amending 28 CFR Part 36: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities -- (HTML) Fact Sheets: Highlights of the Final Rule to Amend the Department of Justice’s Regulation Implementing Title II of the ADA Highlights of the Final Rule to Amend the Department of Justice’s Regulation Implementing Title III of the ADA http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/.

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08/05/10 09:42PM

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Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Disabilities

Charting the Course: Supporting the Career Development of Youth with Learning Disabilities National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) http://www.ncwd-youth.info/ld-guide This guide is intended to help practitioners, administrators, and policymakers in secondary and postsecondary education programs, transition programs, One-Stop Career Centers, youth employment programs, and community rehabilitation programs to improve services and outcomes for youth, ages 14 to 25, with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. This Guide includes numerous quick reference charts, tables, and tools for counselors, career advisors, and other professionals who work directly with youth. In-depth information is provided on a variety of topics, including the types and impact of learning disabilities, needed supports, and research-based interventions. This Guide is intended to increase awareness of the fact that the public workforce system serves many youth who have learning disabilities that may never have been identified and many others who may know they have a learning disability but choose not to disclose. Although focusing primarily on youth with learning disabilities, many of the strategies and approaches advocated in this Guide, which are premised on universal design, may be of practical use for other youth.

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09/18/10 09:00AM

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Accommodating Employees with Mental Illness

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 3-9. National Depression Screening Day is October 7. World Mental Health Day is October 19 Nearly 1 in 10 Americans has clinical depression and 3% have major depression, according to a 2006-2008 survey of 235,000 adults from 45 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), showed an increase from a similar study conducted in 2001-2002, which reported 6.6% of the population as depressed. Researchers looked for commonalities among the people who reported symptoms of depression and identified a few factors that may have a relationship to the mood disorder. Primary among them was unemployment, which remains steady at 9.7%; about 6% of those with jobs reported symptoms of depression, compared with 21% of unemployed people surveyed. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has produced a Brief on Accommodations for Employees with Mental Health Impairments." Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2010/10/01/study-9-of-americans-are%C2%A0depressed/#ixzz11hVnddpw

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10/07/10 03:03PM

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30-Second Emoployer Training

The theme for the 2010 National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Talent has no boundaries: Workforce diversity includes people with disabilities, emphasizes the rich diversity and talent that workers with disabilities bring to the workplace. During the month of October, Workforce3 One’s Disability and Employment Community of Practice will be showcasing resources to help increase the awareness of workforce professionals and the business community of the benefits and resources available to employers hiring and accommodating qualified job applicants and employees with disabilities. These resources include an Employer 30-Second Training Series and Resource Guide, and a Promising Practice on valuable support strategies that have been implemented both within and outside of public workforce investment systems. These resources will also be highlighted during the month of November through a Workforce3 One Webinar and Podcast. One-Stop Career Center staff can feel overloaded with training and information while serving a diverse and demanding population of job seekers and employers With high unemployment in many regions across the country, there is a sense of urgency in the public workforce investment system to meet the immediate needs of its customers. In addition to helping job seekers secure employment and satisfying the demands of employers, One-Stop Career Center staff participate in frequent training and are introduced to lots of resources. While there is an appreciation for training and resources that are both required and useful, staff can feel overloaded with information, especially in areas in which they are inexperienced or uncertain. Therefore, “30-Second Trainings” and supplemental Resource Guides to increase the public workforce investment system’s knowledge on disability and employment issues were developed.

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Summaries of the 9 Disability Employment Initiative Grants

On Septmebr 30, 2010, DOL awarded $21.5 million to 9 states to implement the new Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). The major purposes of the DEI is to promote positive employment outcomes of persons with disabilities to achieve career pathway jobs and to expand the capacity of the One-Stop Career Center system to serve persons with disabilties.

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10/23/10 08:16AM

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A Handbook for Working with Persons Who Have Non-Visible Disabilities

In July, 2010, Ernst & Young developed a Handbook, " Getting Support, Supporting Others: A handbook for working with non-visible disabilities." This hanbook is targeted to persons with disabilities, HR staff, and supervisors/co-workers. The handbook's purpose is to provide a basic level of understanding among employees in the hopes of fostering an environment "where everybody is limited only by talents, skills, and energy." The handbook defines "non-visible disability" and explores the pros and cons of disclosure, and addresses questions that employees with disabilities and their managers might have about how much information to share, how to handle questions about accommodations from co-workers, and how to deal with resentment or backlash from collegaues who perceive an accommodation as special teatment. "One of the most difficult decisions an individual with a non-obvious disability has to make is whether to inform people or not." Increasingly, the One-Stop Career Center system is seeing customers who have non-visible/non-diagnosed/non-identified disabilities.

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10/31/10 10:19AM

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Resources for SCSEP Grantees Working with Persons with Disabilities

DOL/ETA's Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) has recently compiled a Guide, "Resources for Senior Community Services Employment (SCSEP) Grantees Working with Persons with Disabilities." This Guide is organized as follows: Disability 101/Etiquette/Definitions, Disclosure, Reasonable Accommodations, Mental Health Resources, Working with Employers, Workforce3One Web sites/Tools, National Technical Assistance Resources, Disability Laws and Regulations, and Information/ Contacts on the DEI Grants. It is directed to front-line staff.

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11/28/10 08:37AM

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DOL TEGL on Supporting Entrepreneurial and Self-Employment Training

The Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has issued a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) on supporting entrepreneurial and self-employment training through the workforce investment system. The purpose of the TEGL is to encourage states to establish parameters for funding such training under Title I of the Workforce Investment Act which authorizes the provision of entrepreneurial training to adult and dislocated workers, and authorizes entrepreneurial work experiences for youth. The TEGL replaces an earlier guidance letter and provides more detailed information about designing and implementing entrepreneurial and self-employment training strategies for adults, dislocated workers, and youth, and provides guidance about allowable costs and outcome tracking. The TEGL notes that entrepreneurship and small business development have been identified as an important employment option for populations that have challenges to employment. For example, self-employment may offer individuals with disabilities greater workplace flexibility and income opportunities. The TEGL identifies self-employment as a potential strategy for Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantee states. The guidance letter describes a variety of ways in which the workforce investment system can support entrepreneurship and self-employment. The TEGL also addresses performance accountability issues and suggests strategies such as using supplemental data sources and administrative records to assist in reporting on employment, retention and earnings measures. The TEGL is available at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEGL/TEGL12-10acc.pdf.

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12/18/10 02:08PM

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Promising Practice Brief: Connecting with the business sector on the advantages of a diverse and inclusive workforce

The "Promising Practice Brief: Connecting with the business sector on the advantages of a diverse and inclusive workforce" has been released, January 2011. This Brief highlights how the Texas Disability Program Navigators (DPNs)are leading the charge to promote the inclusion of disability as part of diversity within the public workforce development system and in their local communities. As staff members of local Workforce Investment Boards and One-Stop Career Centers, Navigators are working to ensure that disability is embedded into diversity management training that is offered to local businesses, as well as included in diversity awareness provided to workforce development system staff and partners. This Promising Practice Brief highlights replicable and successful strategies for ways to: incorporate topics on diversity, including tapping into the potential market of the disability community, onto the agenda of employer roundtables, business luncheons, employer focus groups, and Business Service meetings within the One-Stop Career Centers; collaborate with the local chapters of the Chambers of Commerce, Human Resource associations, job fair organizers, and others in the business sector to integrate disability into a wide spectrum of statewide and local diversity initiatives. A Workforce3One webinar will be held on this Brief in April...stay tuned for details.

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01/12/11 03:41PM

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