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Job Accommodation Network Offers Free Federal Contractor Webcast Training Series

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) will provide three free 1.5 hour training sessions in its 2014 Federal Contractor Winter Webcast Series. In March 2014, OFCCP’s new Section 503 regulations will take affect for thousands of federal contractors and subcontractors. This webcast series will provide an overview of the basic requirements, practical tips for compliance, best practices for affirmative action, and time for participants’ questions and answers. All webcasts begin at 2:00 PM EST and continue for 1.5 hours. The first session, Section 503 Basics and Practical Tips, will be held on January 29. You must register to attend.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network Issues January 2014 Newsletter

In its January 2014 newsletter, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) covers issues including National Mentoring Month, federal hiring of people with disabilities, and the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). The WRP database of college students and recent graduates with disabilities is now open to employers who are interested in hiring interns or permanent employees, and EARN can facilitate that process.

“Disclosing Disability: What You Need to Know” Webinar Now Archived

The archived webinar “Disclosing Disability: What You Need to Know” is available for viewing on the website of the Employer Assistance and Resource Network. The webinar, aimed at jobseekers, employees, and employers, was co-sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, the Job Accommodation Network, and the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

SAMHSA Offers BRSS TACS Policy Academy Awards to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Agencies

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced the 2014 Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Policy Academy Awards, “Supporting Recovery through Expanding Opportunities for Employment.” The purpose of the BRSS TACS Policy Academy Awards is to assist State, Territory, and Tribal Government substance use disorder and mental health agencies in designing and implementing strategic policies, practices, financing mechanisms, and infrastructure improvements to promote the implementation of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems. In particular, the 2014 BRSS TACS Policy Academy Awards will focus on increasing employment opportunities for individuals with mental health and substance use conditions. An informational webinar for the BRSS TACS Policy Academy Awards will be held on January 21, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM EST. During this webinar, SAMHSA staff and BRSS TACS team members will explain the BRSS TACS virtual Policy Academy, the subcontract awards, and expectations for applicants. Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on February 10.

AAPD Summer Internship Program Applications Due February 5, 2014

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has announced its Summer Internship Program. The program is open to college students, graduate students, recent graduates (within one year), or veterans who self-identify as an individual with any type of disability. AAPD’s Summer Internship Program provides the opportunity to gain hands-on professional experience to help advance program participants’ career goals while interning in Washington, DC. Interns will receive a stipend, mentor matching, and additional resources during the summer. Candidates interested in the professional arena of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and veterans with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply. Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on February 5.