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Assistant Secretary Martinez Highlights Return-to-Work Strategies

Speaking to nearly 150 New York Life Insurance employees on Aug. 8 in New York City, at an event hosted by the National Business and Disability Council at The Viscardi Center and New York Life Insurance’s Employee Resource Group, Enable, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez stressed the benefits to employers of return-to-work strategies. “For both employers and the insurance industry, these strategies can have great pay-offs,” said Martinez. “Returning employees to work with the appropriate supports is typically more cost-effective than recruiting and training new employees.”

Ticket to Work Program to Host Self-Employment Webinar on August 28, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The Social Security Administration’s Ticket to Work program will be hosting a free webinar centering on self-employment through the Ticket program on August 28, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. SSA’s team of disability benefits experts will present a Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar titled “Working for Yourself with Ticket to Work: Achieving Financial Independence.” This informative session is ideal for people age 18 through 64 who receive disability benefits and are interested in employment. The webinar provides an overview of the Ticket to Work program and will discuss various tools for achieving financial independence through self-employment. Immediately following this webinar, SSA will host a Facebook question and answer session.

ODEP Offers Professional Development Opportunity for Youth Service Professionals

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment (ODEP), in collaboration with the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD-Youth), has announced free professional development training for partnering organizations in three communities. Sites selected will receive professional development and technical assistance to strengthen youth service professionals’ competencies for working with all youth, including those with disabilities. More information is available on the Youth Service Professionals’ Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Professional Development Demonstration and Evaluation page on the NCWD-Youth website. Applications are due August 31, 2013.

LEAD Center to Present Webinar on Customized Employment and Self-Employment on August 28, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

The LEAD Center will hold a free webinar on “Promoting Leadership: Cross-Agency Approaches to Advance the Use of Customized Employment and Self–Employment Strategies” on August 28, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. The webinar will focus on reasons and strategies for aligning resources across systems to support the implementation of Discovery, Customized Employment, and Self-Employment. Participants will learn how state agencies can adopt policies and service delivery strategies that support these innovations, as well as how a cross-agency approach to blending and braiding available funds can enhance services for the individual job seeker and enhance return on investment for all agencies.

Governor Jack Markell Interviewed on the EARN | Exchange Blog

In an interview on the EARN | Exchange blog, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Chair of the National Governors Association, discussed his new plan to improve hiring for individuals with disabilities. He offered his thoughts on creating the “Blueprint for Governors: A Better Bottom Line for Employing People with Disabilities” as well as his ideas for a long term strategy. The “Blueprint for Governors” is based on collected practices from the public and private sectors.

USBLN® 16th Annual Conference & Expo Set for September 30-October 3

The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) 16th Annual Conference & Expo, “Lights, Camera, Access: Spotlight on Disability Inclusive Diversity,” will be held on September 30-October 3 in Los Angeles, CA. The USBLN® is the only business-to-business national membership organization, with local affiliates, that focuses on sharing and developing proven strategies for including people with disabilities in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The event will feature high-profile keynote speakers, over 35 cutting-edge educational sessions, and exciting interactive programming. Over 600 professionals from across the country are expected to attend, including representatives from corporate America, Business Leadership Networks, disability-owned business enterprises, and non-profit, state, and federal agencies.