For additional details, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

Thomas E. Perez Confirmed by Senate as Secretary of Labor

The nomination of Thomas E. Perez as Secretary of Labor was approved by the Senate on July 18. Perez, who has spent his career in public service, will begin his tenure on July 23.

Assistant Secretary Martinez Participates in LEAD Policy Roundtable

Opening remarks were delivered by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez at the first annual LEAD policy roundtable on July 17. The focus of the event was aligning public resources across different government systems to improve employment services and supports for people with disabilities.

ODEP Signs Alliance with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies

At the National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) Board of Directors meeting on July 17, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez and NASWA President and Executive Director Mark Henry signed an Alliance agreement to support the agencies’ common goal of improving the workforce system for individuals with disabilities. In addition to information sharing, the partnership will include training and professional development, and feedback on ODEP’s policies and programs.

Assistant Secretary Martinez Speaks to States about Employment First at Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Meeting

Addressing the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disability’s (AIDD) Partnerships in Employment grantees, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez stressed the unique aspects of ODEP’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). AIDD and ODEP are working together to involve the grantees in the EFSLMP, which is aimed at furthering integrated employment for people with disabilities.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Posters are Here!

Start your National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) celebrations now by downloading or ordering hard copies of the poster bearing the 2013 NDEAM theme “Because We Are EQUAL to the Task.” Held officially in October, NDEAM is a national campaign to raise awareness about disability employment issues and highlight the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. ODEP encourages everyone to promote NDEAM all year long.

White House Appoints Claudia Gordon as Public Engagement Advisor for the Disability Community

Claudia Gordon has been appointed Public Engagement Advisor for the Disability Community in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Ms. Gordon, a highly accomplished attorney and disability advocate, most recently served as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the US Department of Labor. Ms. Gordon’s appointment has been greeted enthusiastically by the disability community.

Job Accommodation Network ENews Now Available

The latest version of the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) ENews features articles on essential functions, personal assistance services, job coaching, and other important topics. Also included is information on JAN’s recently released resources.

LEAD Center Presents Webinar on Promoting Employment — Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals — July 31, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

This LEAD Center webinar will discuss using Discovery, an alternative assessment tool to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities, to find personal employment goals. The webinar will be presented on July 31, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT.