On October 26, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy conducted an in-depth roundtable discussion on how the workforce system can better serve youth with disabilities. The purpose of the Roundtable was to assist DOL in identifying critical issues and successful strategies that impact the provision of employment and training services provided to this population under the Workforce Investment Act. Specifically focused on youth with disabilities, ages 14-24, the Roundtable looked at the broad issues affecting these youth, as well as issues specifically surrounding mental health and learning disabilities. DOL intends to utilize the information collected from this dialogue to formulate guidance, policies, recommendations, and successful strategies that will expand the capacity of our workforce system to:
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
ETA worked with a few projects to produce a short video which portrays success stories showcasing how the One-Stop Career Centers are serving customers with disabilities obtain meaningful employment opportunities. Some of the footage highlighted Disability Program Navigators and showed how the One-Stop system works successfully with customers, including both persons with disabilities and employers.
Video: Ten Employment Myths U.S. Department of Justice ADA Video Gallery http://www.ada.gov/videogallery.htm#10_employmentmyths_captioned Many employers misunderstand the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are reluctant to hire people with disabilities because of unfounded myths. This seventeen-minute video responds to concerns expressed by employers, explaining the ADA in common sense terms and dispelling myths about this often overlooked pool of well-qualified employees. While you are on the site, check out the other ADA-related videos of interest.
Society for Human Resource Management Disability Employment Resource Page http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/Diversity/Articles/Pages/disability_072110.aspx The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) created this resource page with employers in mind. Here you will find a wealth of resources, articles and links to help source, recruit, retain and develop people with disabilities, a pool of talent too often overlooked by employers. A selection of videos features experts in the field of disability employment who have been interviewed by SHRM. Each begins with a brief audio description so that those with visual impairments can "see" the video, while scrolling text next to the video image enables those with hearing impairments to "hear" the video. Individuals who have reading-related challenges can simply ignore all the text and enjoy the audio/video portions of each presentation.
Student Interns Create Videos and Learn Important Employment Skills http://www.youtube.com/user/pacercenter Seventeen high school students with disabilities recently worked in a paid internship setting making six short films that address transition issues for youth with disabilities, part of PACER’s project “Innovative Partnerships for Advancing Youth Employment.” Funded by the Department of Employment and Economic Development’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, this project was a creative collaboration between PACER Center, Bemidji State University, South Central College, the Bemidji and Mankato Workforce Centers, the St. Peter Minnesota Valley Education District and Bemidji High School. Access the website to watch the videos.
Video: Software for Cognitive Disabilities Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDoDCAP?feature=watch The Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program’s (CAP) newest assistive technology video, “Software for Cognitive Disabilities” is available on the CAP YouTube Channel. This video highlights assistive software that can help people with cognitive disabilities read, write and organize information more easily. Individuals with cognitive limitations or returning Service members with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may experience difficulty with reading, comprehension and writing. Watch the video to learn more about some of the assistive software CAP can provide to help Federal employees and wounded Service members with cognitive limitations succeed in the workforce. To view CAP videos please visit: www.youtube.com/thedodcap or http://www.cap.mil/PublicationsForms/productMaterials.aspx.
In a TED talk from 2009, Amy Mullins redefines the term "disability" and discusses human potential and the opportunity adversity presents to all individuals. Although the thesaurus equates "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but the ground-breaking runner show how adversity actually opens doors to human potential.
The Federally funded Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) has several training videos that demonstrate Assistive Technology (AT) solutions and reasonable accommodations for a diverse range of disabilities. This CAP video demonstrates AT options for people who are blind or have a vision disability. Vision disabilities may include blindness, low vision and vision impairments. Accommodations may include tools to magnify hardcopy and onscreen text or scanners and screen readers which can output content as Braille or speech.
CAP also provides information on products and services for a diverse range of disabilities. To access their website, please go to: www.cap.mil/
The Federally funded Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) has several training videos that demonstrate Assistive Technology (AT) solutions and accommodations for a diverse range of disabilities. This CAP video includes information about accommodations for people with hearing disabilities, including deaf or hard of hearing.
There’s a multitude of accommodations for hearing disabilities including videophones, captioned telephones, telephone amplifiers and assisted listening devices. This video is 4 minutes and 10 seconds in length.
For more information on products and services to accommodate individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as accommodations for other disabilities, is available at: www.cap.mil/
The Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program provides support to Federal agencies and individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations in the workplace. In addition to training videos and product information they provide on their website addressing a number of different conditions, they have posted YouTube videos. Their newest one is: CAP Quick Tip: Needs Assessments which profiles the process for Federal employees to obtain a needs assessment from CAP. Although Federal employees are not required to have a needs assessment to request an accommodation through CAP, it may be helpful in finding the right accommodation solution tailored to your specific needs. Questions about CAP? Check out our Quick Tip video playlist on the DoDCAP YouTube page.
The Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program is a Federally funded program to support Federal agencies and their employees with disabilities. In this YouTube vwebinar recording, CAP provides information on technical solutions for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Amystrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in the workplace. To view this webinar on YouTube, please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00BR160NgLc&list=UUMtWDoqjBOSDBq5wevN1UyQb
PACER RESOURCES posts new YouTube video: Simply Said: Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services Planning. Simply Said shares information on the importance of planning for employment and post-secondary education as an important step in preparing young adults with disabilities for life after high school. It’s never too early to begin the planning process. In this short Simply Said video, youth with disabilities will learn how their local Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) counselor can help them be successful at school, at work, and in the community. To watch the video click Download or got to the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT9pKlcTQMg
The Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) has issued a YouTube video on portable memory cueing devices include many built in tools to help people remember information, schedule their day, and manage their tasks. Learn how portable memory cueing devices can be used to assist people with cognitive limitations, including veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in this CAP assistive technology demonstration video, “Portable Memory Cueing Devices.”
Portable memory cueing devices also include many options for customizing accessibility features for vision, hearing, dexterity and cognitive limitations. Be sure to check out CAP’s YouTube channel for more information on CAP services and assistive technology.
This video can be viewed by clicking on Download or going to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfQNIpxH8es&list=PLCA9ADEBB1CD8FA1E
MyFreeTaxes (MFT) Partnership provides free state and federal tax preparation and filing assistance to qualified individuals. It includes the National Disability Institute (NDI), Goodwill Industries International (GII), and United Way along with the Walmart Foundation. These videos highlight the work of MFT Partnership and the provision of this service with individuals with disabilities and provided through American Job Centers.
MyFreeTaxes Partnership’s online and in-person tax preparation and filing services have helped millions of families claim nearly $8 billion in tax credits and refunds since 2009. MyFreeTaxes.com is easy, secure and 100% free for eligible filers. File now!
Check out these video testimonials by clicking on Download or going to: http://www.myfreetaxes.com/testimonials/
The goal of the South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy, I is to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18-24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. Through the DEI grant, SD created this informative video profiling individuals speaking about their decisions regarding disclosing their disability.
SD describes the purpose of the video: Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: “Should I or shouldn’t I disclose my disability?” This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you. Below is a video developed by South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative with personal testimonies by South Dakotans on their choice to disclose or not disclose their disability in the education and workplace setting.
The “CAP Quick Tip: WSM Requests,” is a video on YouTube produced by the Federally funded Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) provides an overview on the process of requesting accommodations through CAP for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members.
For more information, please visit our Wounded Service Member Initiative webpage at www.cap.mil/wsm.
60 Minutes featured WorkPlace, Inc. and their program, Platform to Employment (P2E,) which is putting the long term unemployed back to work. The program was aired in February 2012 with Scott Pelley and an interview with Joe Carbone, Executive Director of WorkPlace, Inc. 60 Minutes explores the challenges facing the long term unemployed, also known as 99ers and followed participants through the P2E program.
The WorkPlace developed P2E to help the long term unemployed return to work and provide a vehicle for employers to recruit skilled workers. The program allows employers a risk-free opportunity to evaluate and consider hiring participants during an eight-week internship. The WorkPlace raised more than $500,000 in private resources to support the program. With a 70% placement rate, this initiative demonstrates how private investment along with a caring community can enhance employment opportunities for the long term unemployed who are truly the victims of the 2008 recession. The WorkPlace also received a $200,000 grant from the AARP Foundation to address the specific needs of 99ers over the age of 50.
To view the full 60 Minute piece, please click on View Page Now.
On November 10, 2014, the White House issued this video public service announcement on YouTube - "How the Affordable Care Act Helps People with Disabilities," It explains how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) ensures that individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health coverage because of health history. Presented in American Sign Language, the PSA also has an English soundtrack that starts about 12 seconds into the video. To view the video, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG9tAJAZhLM
The Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) is Federally funded to provide accommodations to Federal and Military staff members. CAP has developed extensive information, resources, and videos on Assistive Technology and other accommodations designed to address the full spectrum of disabilities that are free and available through their website at www.cap.mil/ and the CAP YouTube platform.
A new video blog (VLOG) by the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) is now available and provides information on some commonly requested assistive technology products for employees or Service members who are deaf or hard of hearing and may be in need of an accommodation.
To view the most recent CAP video, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb9IKwZi124&feature=youtu.be
In this video, the National Disability Institute's (NDI) Executive Director, Michael Morris, shares how to prepare for implementing an ABLE Account.
Now that President Obama has signed the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act into law, NDI has six steps you can take to become ABLE account ready.
ABLE accounts are tax advantaged savings accounts for eligible individuals with significant disabilities, which will become a new financial planning option in 2015. Income made on dollars saved is tax free when placed in an ABLE account and used to reimburse for qualified expenses as diverse as housing, employment, transportation, health care and technology expenses. Access the web link to learn about six steps to plan ahead. To view this video, please click on Download Now or go to the YouTube video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44d58G5GunA
The February theme for the Disability and Employment CoP is focused on Integrated Resource Team (IRT) strategies in American Job Centers. IRTs were initially used by the Disability Program Navigator grants and has been an essential component of the Disability Employment Initiative and represent partnership and collaboration to address the needs of a person with a disability or multiple challenges to employment.
This resource is a demonstration video of a workforce center in Portland, OR, and their DPN bringing together different partners on behalf of an individual who is deaf. Although created in 2010, it is a timely representation of job center staff facilitating access to career pathway through mechanical training curriculum in a community college, and a moving example of the power of cross-agency collaboration.
To view this video, please click on View Page Now or go to:. https://disability.workforce3one.org/view/4200927376315461065/info
Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration's Ticket to Work program has announced a new video series in American Sign Language (ASL). These videos can help interested job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing learn about the Ticket to Work program and the resources available to find and keep a job. The video series will give job seekers who are deaf or hard of hearing an in-depth understanding of how the Ticket to Work program works. Check out Finding Your Path to Employment with Ticket to Work in the Library section of www.choosework.net or on YouTube and learn about:
-- How the Ticket to Work program works
-- Who is eligible
-- What types of providers can help job-seekers
-- Which professionals can help job-seekers understand how work will affect their benefits
-- The types of job support services offered
-- How to find a Ticket to Work provider The Ticket to Work program offers Social Security disability beneficiaries more choices in getting the support they need to find work and reach their career goals. To view the video, click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library/finding-your-path-to-employment-ASL-video
This video highlights how the Disability Program Navigators (DPN) facilitated the establishment of an Integrated Resource Team (IRT) in Worksource Center, Portland, Oregon, and its applicability in American Job Centers nationwide. The IRT brings various partners (private and public, mandated and non-mandated) from a myriad of agencies/organizations (e.g., American Job Centers, Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies, mental health, developmental disabilities, etc.) across multiple systems to leverage resources, coordinate services/programs, and reduce duplication to better serve the individual customer with a disability and/or multiple employment challenges.
The ultimate goal of the IRT is to get the person with a disability a job; not just any job but a quality, non-stereotypical job that provides a living wage, career lattice opportunities, benefits, and reflects the individual’s interests, experience, education/training goals, and desires. It also represents the blending and braiding of resources around an individual customer with a disability' to meet their employment needs. This video tells the story of how the IRT approach worked to assist a customer, who is deaf, receive training at his local community college and a paid internship, with the goal of finding a higher paying job.
Please click on View Page Now to view the video.
This YouTube Video features a student with an Intellectual Disability interviewing other transitioning students with and without disabilities who are participating in work experience activities. The event is sponsored by Idaho's Disability Employment Initiative project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration in coordination with the Office of Disability Employment Policy.
The Mid-Atlantic ADA Center debuted At Your Service, a 20-minute film about customer service, as part of the Hospitality and Disability Initiative of the ADA National Network. The film addresses best practices and features national disability leaders offering insights, tips, and recommendations on how to provide exemplary customer service to individuals with disabilities. The film was produced in partnership with Storyline Motion Pictures.
Click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.adahospitality.org/at-your-service
The Social Security Administration (SSA) produced this video that shares information on work incentives that facilitate disability beneficiaries seeking employment.
A common myth about working and receiving Social Security disability benefits is that you will immediately lose your cash benefits and Medicare or Medicaid if you work. This actually is not the case. Social Security has work incentives that allow you to explore work options and still have access to your Medicare or Medicaid and some cash benefits. These work incentives, which include the Ticket to Work program, are available to support Social Security disability beneficiaries on their path to a financially independent future. In this new Ticket to Work video, Michele Boardman shares her story. Michele used work incentives to help pay for her education and vehicle modifications. Later, her knowledge of work incentives led her to a job as a Community Work Incentives Coordinator at AHEDD, an Employment Network (EN) which provides employment services to people with disabilities.
To view the video, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.chooseworkttw.net/library
The Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), has released this video encouraging individuals with disabilities to voluntarily self-identify.
The video explains why companies doing business with the federal government ask job applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify if they have a disability, and the important role that self-identifying plays in ensuring equal employment opportunity for people with disabilities.
OFCCP, as part of its ongoing efforts to support greater self-identification by individuals with disabilities, created this video to explain why voluntary self-identification is a good thing. Contractors may wish to download and post this video on their Intranet or company Web sites to share with their employees and job applicants who may be reluctant to self-identify, or who may not understand why they are being asked to self-identify. Disability organizations and community groups may also wish to share the video with their members to encourage them to voluntarily self-identify when invited to do so by an employer that is a federal contractor.
To view this video, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/SelfIdVideo.html