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Secretary of Labor Discusses Opportunities for People with Disabilities at G20 Ministerial Meeting

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez met with employment ministers of the G20 in Melbourne, Australia, on September 9-11 to discuss economic growth and job creation in the global economy. Perez conducted a series of bilateral meetings to promote a range of mutual challenges, such as youth unemployment, expanding opportunities for women, and ensuring people with disabilities have the opportunity to realize their full potential.

Assistant Secretary Martinez Addresses Add Us In Meeting

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez kicked off the annual Add Us In grantee meeting, held on September 11 at the World Institute on Disability in Berkeley, CA. Funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Add Us In aims to develop effective models for increasing the capacity of small businesses — especially those in underrepresented and historically excluded communities — to hire people with disabilities.

Nominations Sought for Participation in Advisory Committee on Competitive Integrated Employment

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities is a key part of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2014 to help job seekers—including those with disabilities—access the services they need to succeed in employment and match employers with skilled workers. The committee is mandated by Section 609 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by section 461 of WIOA. The committee consists of both federal officials and private citizens from specific groups identified in the WIOA legislation. People interested in being nominated for the committee are encouraged to review the Federal Register Notice and submit the requested information. Questions about the committee can be submitted via e-mail to IntegratedCompetitiveEmployment@dol.gov.

Office of Disability Employment Policy Announces Continued Funding to Improve Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy announced a total of $8,422,574 in continued funding for organizations that develop models, provide technical assistance and share best practices to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The entities include the Add Us In initiative; West Virginia University Research Corp to operate the Job Accommodation Network; the Institute for Educational Leadership to operate the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth; the National Disability Institute to operate the National Center on Leadership for Employment and Advancement of Citizens with Disabilities, and the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America to operate the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology.

Number Power – Office of Disability Employment Policy Blog

In a September 10 post on the DOL blog site, Dr. Cherise Hunter, a social science research analyst in the Office of Disability Employment Policy, described the various sources of disability employment data available to researchers and policymakers. Among them are the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which is the largest survey sampled annually in the United States, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey, which is the U.S. government’s source for comprehensive monthly estimates on labor force participation, employment and unemployment. Both of these sources offer vital data on the employment of people with disabilities. “[Statistics] provide reliable and accurate information that empowers policy advisors, researchers and others to track the status of people with disabilities in the labor force and effectively set programmatic and policy priorities,” explained Hunter.

LEAD Center to Host Webinar on Strategic Partnerships for CILs and AJCs – September 24, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

A growing number of Centers for Independent Living are providing employment services to meet the needs of their customers and to improve the employment and economic advancement outcomes of individuals with disabilities. In this webinar, “CILs and AJCs: Strategic Partnerships that Lead to Better Employment and Economic Advancement Outcomes,” participants will learn about findings and tools from a LEAD Center Demonstration Project completed with five Centers for Independent Living, the National Council on Independent Living and the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals to improve collaboration and coordination between the CILs and AJC management and staff. The webinar will be held September 24, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. All LEAD Center webinars are captioned and presentation materials are sent to participants in advance of the webinar. For any other reasonable accommodation requests, please contact Brittany Taylor at btaylor@ndi-inc.org.

Assistance Dogs in the Workplace – Reflections on How to Make It Work – Part 2 – JAN Blog

In a September 10 post on the JAN blog site, JAN Lead Consultant Kim Cordingly discussed “the increasingly important role of assistance dogs in the workplace and best practices that support both employee and employer,” a subject that she first addressed in a post that appeared on August 25. Cordingly focused on her conversation with Dr, Margaret Glenn, an associate professor in the rehabilitation counseling program at West Virginia University, who conducted a one-year study on the use of assistance dogs in the workplace. The blog described some of the important information derived from the study.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Youth Employment Rate Numbers for August 2014

Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.