√ Office of Disability Employment Policy Signs Alliance with National Working Positive Coalition

On June 17, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez and National Working Positive Coalition (NWPC) President Mark Misrok signed a formal alliance agreement, continuing a collaboration that began two years ago. The alliance will focus on reducing stigma and discrimination, cultivating training and employment opportunities, and improving financial well-being for people living with HIV/AIDS.

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√ Assistant Secretary Martinez Emphasizes the Importance of Employment First

In a blog post on June 21, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez discussed the value of Employment First, a movement that holds that public financing should support integrated employment as the preferred option for youth and adults with significant disabilities. This post follows Martinez’s June 14 blog regarding a Wage and Hour Division investigation that resulted in the revocation of special minimum wage certificates issued to a Rhode Island disability services provider for willfully violating the employment rights of workers with disabilities.

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√ Autistic Self-Advocacy Network Students Meet with Assistant Secretary Martinez

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez met with nearly 25 college students from the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) on June 12. The students, participants in ASAN’s Summer Leadership Academy, learned about Martinez’s experiences and Office of Disability Employment Policy initiatives.

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√ Assistant Secretary Martinez Welcomes National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute Members

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez and her staff met on June 18 with the members of the National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute, led by San Diego State University research professor Dr. Frederic Schroeder. The Institute members, nearly 30 vocational rehabilitation leaders from 14 states and territories, discussed the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s work to advance the employment of people with disabilities.

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√ Job Accommodation Network Webinar on Self-Employment Now Archived

JAN’s webinar “More Than One Path to the Top of the Mountain: Self-employment as an Individualized Process for Individuals with Disabilities” is now available for viewing on the JAN website. The program features Russell Sickles and Brian Connaughton from Job Squad Incorporated, and Larry Batten of the US Small Business Administration.

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√ EARN|Exchange Blog Addresses Workplace Wellness and Disability

In recognition of National Employee Wellness Month, the EARN|Exchange blog has posted “Workplace Wellness and Disability,” an article addressing the value of investing in employee well-being, and how employers and employees can benefit from workplace wellness programs.

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√ Archived LEAD Center Webinar on Customized Employment Now Available

The LEAD Center webinar “Promoting Employment — Introduction to Customized Employment and Customized Self-Employment” is now available for viewing. The program provides information on using Customized Employment as a best practice in supporting job placement efforts for a variety of job seekers both with and without disabilities.

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√ United Cerebral Palsy Releases “The Case for Inclusion” 2013 Report

United Cerebral Palsy has issued its annual report on “The Case for Inclusion” for 2013, which ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia on outcomes for Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The report is housed on an interactive website that includes state and national data, case studies, state rankings, and more.

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