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Report on Federal Employment of People with Disabilities Released

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has released the Fiscal Year 2013 Employment of People with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch Report. Among the key findings are that the Federal government hired people with disabilities at a higher rate than at any time in the past 33 years. Specifically, in FY 2013, 18 percent of new federal hires were people with disabilities, representing a 1.9 percent increase over fiscal year 2012.

Blog Post Shares Insight from Corporate Leaders on Disability Employment

This week, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez joined forces with Ernst & Young (EY) Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Officer Karyn Twaronite in authoring a blog post titled Leading the Way: Workplace Inclusiveness for People of All Abilities. The ideas shared in the post emanate from the Diverse Abilities Leadership Summit hosted by EY on Dec. 3, which convened about 50 top-level executives from companies such as IBM, Cisco and Merck.

Event Explores Intersection Between Disability and International Labor Rights

DOL’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) hosted a Disability and International Labor Rights Roundtable this week, during which participants explored how current priorities in disability policy can better inform international efforts led by ILAB and other agencies. Assistant Secretary Martinez was one of the featured speakers, along with representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and International Labor Organization.

PEAT Seeks People with Disabilities to Participate in Survey on Online Job Seeking

The ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology is conducting a nationwide survey about the accessibility of online job applications and related components—a topic Assistant Secretary Martinez addressed in a blog post published this week. All people with disabilities who have recently searched or applied for employment and/or completed pre-employment assessments online are encouraged to participate. The survey is anonymous, and only takes a few minutes to complete.

Annual Disability Statistics Compendium Released

The 2014 Disability Statistics Compendium has been released. This web-based tool aggregates disability statistics published by various federal agencies in order to assist policymakers and others who work on disability issues. It is compiled by the Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research.