Assistant Secretary Martinez Hosts Employment First Education Series

In an effort to promote federal support for a National Employment First Strategic Policy Framework, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez spearheaded an Employment First Policy Education Series September 18-20 in Washington, D.C. Employment First is a framework for systems change centered on the premise that all citizens, including individuals with the most significant disabilities, are capable of full participation in integrated employment and community life.

October Is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) announces 31 Things You Can Do in your workplace and your community during the month of October. Ideas range from putting up an NDEAM poster, to reaching out to local media, to educating employees about disability employment issues. ODEP encourages everyone to use these ideas to stimulate new ones that recognize disability employment throughout the year!

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) Posters Appear in Washington, DC Metro Stations

The 2013 NDEAM posters are beginning to pop up at various Metro stations throughout the Washington, DC area. Once fully posted they will appear at the Benning Road, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, Cleveland Park, and Shaw-Howard U stations. If you spy one, send us a photo at!

U.S. Department of Labor Announces $9.7 Million in Continued Funding for Office of Disability Employment Policy Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has awarded a total of $9,721,837 in continued funding for organizations managing consortia that develop models, provide technical assistance and share best practices to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The initiatives include Add Us In; the Job Accommodation Network (JAN); the National Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center for Employers on Employment of People with Disabilities; the National Technical Assistance and Demonstration Center on Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Employment; the National Center on Leadership for Employment and Advancement of Citizens with Disabilities (LEAD Center); and the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology Center (PEAT).