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Assistant Secretary Martinez Says Farewell

After nearly six years of service, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez is moving on from the Department of Labor. Her last day is February 20. “Secretary Perez often quips that he’d like the Department of Labor to be renamed the “Department of Opportunity.” It certainly has lived up to this nickname for me,” said Martinez. “Going forward, I wish my dedicated colleagues here the best in ensuring it continues to do so for all workers, including those of us with disabilities.”

Workforce Recruitment Program Changed Her Life

In her February 19 blog titled My Life Changed Forever after One Interview, Tiffany Jolliff, program specialist at the Office of Disability Employment Policy, reflects on her experiences with the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) when she was a college student. To her own surprise, Tiffany accepted a WRP internship in Washington, DC. “I took a huge leap during that October interview and never ever looked back,” says Jolliff. “Today, my outlook on life is great, and I have WRP to thank.”

CDE’s Who I Am PSA Reaches 17,000 Airings

The Campaign for Disability Employment’s (CDE) new public service announcement, Who I Am, has been aired nationwide about 17,000 times by nearly 160 stations since its release in November 2014, and has been viewed over 13,000 times online. Who I Am shows that the cast members, rather than be defined by disability, are the sum of their many life roles, which includes working in jobs they love. If you would like to see the PSA in your area, send the letter linked below to your local stations.

U.S. Access Board Proposes Updated ICT Accessibility Requirements

The U.S. Access Board has released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. Public comments on the rule, as well as on a preliminary assessment of its estimated costs and benefits, are due in 90 days. The Board also will hold public hearings on the rule in San Diego on March 5 and in Washington, DC on March 11. In addition, the Board will conduct a public webinar to review the proposal on March 31.

Accommodating Eating Disorders in the Workplace

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 22-28, and the 2015 theme, “I Had No Idea,” focuses on the importance of early intervention and recognizing the diverse experiences of people personally affected by disordered eating. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released a publication in its Accommodation and Compliance Series titled Employees with Eating Disorders that looks at eating disorders in the workplace and potential accommodations for employees affected by them.