Assistant Secretary Martinez Hits a Grand Slam with Major League Baseball

The Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) welcomed Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez to its annual meeting on December 8 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. PBATS, which includes trainers from all 30 Major League Baseball clubs in North America, recently launched a multi-year campaign called “Ability Transcends Challenges” to highlight the talents of people with disabilities through public service announcements, events and other activities. “You, and the entire Baseball community, are in a powerful position to educate businesses about the value and talent people with disabilities add to America’s workplaces and economy,” noted Martinez.

2014 Workforce Recruitment Program Now Open to Employers

Private businesses and federal agencies nationwide seeking qualified temporary and permanent job candidates from a variety of fields can now access the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), a free database of postsecondary students and recent graduates, including veterans, who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace. Federal employers can search the database directly, while private employers work through the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN). EARN will conduct a targeted search of the database to find candidates who match the employer’s job opportunities.

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Released Online

The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in one place. It is designed to make it easier to find and use statistics concerning people with disabilities without having to refer to the variety of reports released by these different federal organizations. The Compendium is funded by the National Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation’s Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, and produced by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability in collaboration with the American Association of People with Disabilities.

Kessler Foundation Signature Employment Grants Cycle Opens – Applications Due February 7, 2014

Kessler Foundation awards Signature Employment Grants yearly to support innovative, non-traditional solutions and/or social ventures to increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Preference is given for interventions that overcome specific employment barriers related to long-term dependence on public assistance, advance competitive employment in a cost-effective manner, or launch a social enterprise or individual entrepreneurship project. Projects must be collaborative, serve a large geographic area, include multiple funding partners and stakeholders, and have the potential for growth, scalability or replication. Online concept applications must be submitted by February 7, 2014 at 5 pm EST. After scoring and review, a selected group of candidates will be asked to submit a full grant proposal to Kessler Foundation by May 16, 2014. Grants will be awarded in December 2014 for the grant period January 1, 2015 — December 31, 2016. Any organization recognized as a tax-exempt entity according to the Internal Revenue Code may apply for funding.

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