Assistant Secretary Martinez Celebrates Workforce Recruitment Program Award Winners

At an awards ceremony held on August 2, five federal interns from the Workforce Recruitment Program were honored for their outstanding work this summer. The WRP is co-sponsored by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Department of Defense. In her remarks, Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy called the students “the best of the best” and commended them for their impressive efforts on the job. Martinez was joined in her congratulations by Clarence Johnson, Equal Opportunity director in the Department of Defense, and D. Michael Collins, director of the Office of Minority and Women’s Inclusion at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which hosted the event.

National Governors Association Chair Releases Blueprint for Governors for Employment of People with Disabilities

At the National Governors Association’s 105th Summer Meeting on August 2, NGA Chair Delaware Governor Jack Markell released “A Blueprint for Governors” as part of his initiative “A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities.” The initiative “looks at ways both state government and businesses can partner to bring opportunities to individuals with disabilities in the competitive labor market,” said Markell. The blueprint document focuses on five key areas to help states advance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Archived LEAD Center Webinar on Using Discovery to Identify Employment Goals Now Available

A recorded archive of the LEAD Center webinar “Promoting Employment – Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals” is now available. The webinar provides information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover personal employment goals. The webinar and presentation materials are on the LEAD website.

National Disability Institute Holds “My American Dream” Contest

National Disability Institute has announced its third annual My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities Video Contest. The challenge is to create a three minute video that shows the steps the contestant is taking towards their American dream. The grand prize includes $1,000, a digital tablet, and access to a mentor to help fulfill the dream. The deadline for entries is September 10, 2013.

For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep/newsletter.