Resolving to Expect the Best – Assistant Secretary Martinez’s Blog

The importance of high expectations for youth with disabilities was the theme of a January 16 blog post by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez. “Young people with disabilities can benefit from hearing—early and often—that they can and will go to school, pursue a career and achieve their life goals,” said Martinez. She highlighted the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) as a resource for employers who want to hire youth with disabilities as interns or permanent employees, and shared the success story of former WRP intern Daman Wandke.

WIOA Advisory Committee Public Meeting – January 22 and 23

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), will hold its first meeting on January 22 and 23, 2015. The meeting will be open to the public beginning at 11:30 AM on Thursday, January 22, 2015 and continue through 5:00 PM on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111. Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide testimony from 3:15-4:15 PM on January 23.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network Publishes First Newsletter of 2015

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has published the first EARN Newsletter for 2015. The Newsletter, published every two weeks, covers timely topics and trends related to disability inclusion. EARN is a free resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research, and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center.

Job Accommodation Network Releases Publication on Leave as an Accommodation

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released a new publication in its Accommodation and Compliance Series: Leave as an Accommodation. This comprehensive document provides background information on the use of leave as an accommodation for employees with disabilities, and features an in-depth series of questions and answers that examine the nuances of the subject. JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).