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Connecting with Families: Supporting Postsecondary Success of Young Adults with Disabilities — National Online Dialogue: January 26 — February 6

Families continue to play an important role as their youth transition to adulthood. All youth, including those with disabilities, are more likely to become successful adults when they have ongoing family support. The Office of Disability Employment Policy is sponsoring a National Online Dialogue for family members of young adults with disabilities in postsecondary academic and workforce/vocational training settings. If you are the family member of a young adult with a disability currently or recently enrolled in any type of postsecondary program, we hope you will join us. We are interested in hearing from you about the types of services and supports families need and would find most helpful to assist them in supporting their youth’s postsecondary educational and employment success. The National Online Dialogue will take place January 26-February 6, 2015.

Webinar to Address Creating Resilient, Safe Workplaces — January 27, 3:00-4:30 PM EST — New Registration Link

Research indicates that welcoming and safe workplaces that offer work-life balance and take precautions against violent behavior are beneficial to employers’ bottom lines through increased employee productivity, health and engagement. On January 27, 2015 from 3:00-4:30 PM EST, ODEP’s Employer TA Center, in coordination with the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, will host a webinar titled Creating Resilient Workplaces: Safe Space Leads to Engaged, Productive Workers. This webinar will feature expert speakers from federal and federally funded technical assistance centers who will discuss key considerations for implementing safe and productive workplaces. It will also highlight how fostering such workplaces — ones where employees feel comfortable disclosing disabilities and health concerns without fear, stigma or worry — allows all employees to receive the productivity tools (also known as reasonable accommodations) and supports they need to optimize their performance and deliver on the job.

FDWC News Hour: Planning for a Productive 2015 — January 28, 1:00-2:00 PM EST

The first Federal Disability Workforce Consortium (FDWC) News Hour webinar of 2015 will take place on January 28 from 1:00-2:00 PM EST. In the spirit of the new year, this webinar will focus on plans and priorities for the coming months, including networking opportunities and ideas for improving the eFedLink Community of Practice to better meet federal agency needs and facilitate increased engagement and collaboration. All federal hiring managers and others interested in increasing the representation of qualified people with disabilities in the federal workforce are encouraged to start the year out by joining in!

Disability Connection Newsletter Focuses on Federal Government Employment

The January edition of’s Disability Connection Newsletter features a story on “10 Things You Want to Know about Federal Government Employment.” The article provides advice on getting your foot in the door at a federal agency, understanding the Schedule A hiring authority, learning about job accommodations and many more topics. A wide array of resources are highlighted, including’s Resume Builder, the American Job Center Resources for Veterans page, the Job Accommodation Network and a variety of other programs, publications and instructional materials.