Assistant Secretary Martinez Celebrates the Developmental Disabilities Act

At a November 15 event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez participated in a panel discussion on employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “We in the Office of Disability Employment Policy believe that a presumption of employability should exist for all people with developmental disabilities,” said Martinez. “And we believe the time is now for our nation to value people with developmental disabilities for the unique skills and talents they bring, and to capitalize on those attributes by integrating them fully into our workplaces.” The meeting was hosted by the White House, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, and the National Council on Disability,

Delivering on “Thanks for Your Service” — Assistant Secretary Martinez’s Blog

Recognizing November as Military Family Month in her recent blog, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez also discussed the new Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) rule issued by the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. “The need for the new rule is clear,” said Martinez. “Like people with disabilities overall, veterans with disabilities are sometimes overlooked by managers with preconceived notions about their ability to perform on the job. Yet, they have given so much in service to their country.”

Discussion Guide for “Because” PSA Now Available

Like all youth, youth with disabilities should grow up expecting to work and succeed. That’s the simple but significant message behind the “Because” public service announcement (PSA) distributed by the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) earlier this year. Now, a discussion guide that can be used to facilitate a conversation about the PSA among adults or youth is available. Free of charge, the guide includes a DVD containing the PSA and is available in both English and Spanish.

Trauma-Informed Approaches Report Released

The “Trauma-informed Approaches: Federal Activities and Initiatives: Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma — A Working Document/Second Report” has been released. The report documents the projects, programs, and initiatives of more than three dozen federal agencies, departments, and offices working on these issues. It demonstrates the application of trauma-informed approaches across a wide range of settings and systems and encourages other governmental and nongovernmental agencies to implement a cross-sector, interagency, inter-systems’ realization, recognition, and response to trauma.

CDC Publishes New Poster for World AIDS Day — December 1

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a new poster for World AIDS Day, observed on December 1. The poster encourages everyone to “Get the Facts. Get Tested. Get Involved,” and features information on how to find an HIV/STD testing site. Both print-ready and web-ready versions are available.

2014 Paul G. Hearne AAPD Leadership Awards Applications
Due December 6

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) will once again recognize outstanding individuals personifying leadership, advocacy, and dedication to and for the disability community at large. Two individuals, emerging as leaders in the cross-disability civil rights movement, will each receive $10,000 to help them continue their progress as leaders and further connect their work with the national grassroots of AAPD. The recipients of the 2014 Hearne Leadership Awards will also have an opportunity to meet and network with national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Gala in Washington, DC in March 2014. U.S. residents with any type of disability are eligible to apply. Self-nominations are preferred. Winners will be announced sometime in early January.

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