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Plotting a Roadmap to Success with Individualized Learning Plans

In a post published on the Department of Labor’s Work in Progress blog this week, Rhonda Basha, supervisory policy advisor on ODEP’s Youth Team, discussed the importance of Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) in helping youth plan their career paths through high school and beyond. ODEP’s new “Kick Start Your ILP” toolkit guides students through the process with tips and a checklist to get them started on their way.

New ODEP “Policies in Practice” Profile Posted — Shirley Beck

Shirley Beck is the newest “Policies in Practice” profile subject on the ODEP website. Ms. Beck is a physical therapist who runs her own practice out of a studio in her home. As a person with a disability, she exemplifies several of the policy issues that are the focus of ODEP’s work, including self-employment, accommodations, and older workers. She joins 23 other real people with disabilities who have been profiled on the ODEP site.

LEAD Center Issues Quarterly LEAD On! Newsletter

The LEAD Center has published the December 2013 issue of its quarterly LEAD On! newsletter, which highlights news and innovations in employment, policy and economic advancement for adults with disabilities. The LEAD Center is a collaborative of disability, workforce and economic empowerment organizations led by National Disability Institute with funding from ODEP, and is dedicated to advancing sustainable individual and systems-level change to improve competitive, integrated employment and economic self-sufficiency for adults across the spectrum of disabilities.

Webinar for New Federal Disability Program Managers — January 16, 1:00-2:30 PM EST

The “You’ve Just Been Appointed a Federal Disability Program Manager — Now What?” webinar will explore all the tools new federal Disability Program Managers (DPMs) need to be successful and to build a strong foundation for their agency’s disability program. Effective techniques, strategies and programs will be discussed, including the Schedule A appointing authority, targeted recruitment, free resources and much more. The webinar is designed for DPMs with little or no experience in the field. It will be presented on January 16, 1:00-2:30 PM EST, and is open to individuals with a .gov or .mil email address.

FCC Requests Comments on Closed Captioning of Video Clips — Comment Deadline January 27

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is requesting public comments on the closed captioning of online video clips. Closed captioning of video clips allows people who are deaf or hard of hearing to better access video programming. Comment deadline is January 27.

Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee to Host Webinar on “The Past, Present, & Future of Federal Government’s Commitment to Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women” — January 23, 2:00-3:30 PM EST

Trauma affects all aspects of society, and the Federal Government is addressing this issue in some very cross-cutting ways. “The Past, Present, & Future of Federal Government’s Commitment to Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Women” is the first of a three-part webinar series sponsored by the Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee. This first webinar will discuss the work of the Women and Trauma Federal Partners Committee; highlight the impact of the Committee’s work through an initiative launched by the Peace Corps, one of the participating agencies on the Committee; and highlight additional materials and resources. The webinar will be held January 23, 2:00-3:30 PM EST.