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ODEP Addresses Accessible Technology at CSUN Conference

This week, thousands of employers, technology providers and other public and private sector professionals converged in San Diego for the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference sponsored by California State University of Northridge (CSUN). The annual event is a premier venue for sharing knowledge in the field of accessible technology, and this year’s conference featured an Employment & Workplace track focused on strategies for achieving a technology-accessible workplace. Presenters from ODEP and some of its technical assistance centers were on hand to share their insights, including Chief of Staff Dylan Orr, members of the ePolicyWorks team, and representatives from the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology and the Job Accommodation Network.

Federal Partners in Transition Releases 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan

The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) has released the 2020 Federal Youth Transition Plan: A Federal Interagency Strategy. This report outlines how FPT will enhance interagency coordination through the identification of compatible outcome goals and policy priorities, ultimately leading to improved outcomes for youth with disabilities by 2020. The Federal Partners in Transition is a workgroup with representatives of several federal agencies, including the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, and the Social Security Administration, which are involved in promoting inclusive service delivery for transitioning youth with disabilities from school into postsecondary education, the workforce, and independent living. Seeks Participants for Its Third “No Boundaries” Photo Project’s “No Boundaries” Photo Project series, introduced four years ago, has profiled 12 individuals with disabilities, capturing the diverse skills, talents and life stories of each. is launching its third “No Boundaries” Photo Project series by profiling four individuals with disabilities who showcase employment success. Volunteers will be chosen to represent diversity in age, ethnicity and nature of disability. The photo shoot will occur during the week of April 13, 2015 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Please note that cannot provide monetary compensation or reimbursement for any travel expenses. Those interested in participating should email their full name, phone number, location and a few sentences about why they would like to participate in the “No Boundaries” Photo Project to by March 27, 2015. Please include “No Boundaries” in the subject line of the email.

Latest EARN Newsletter Released

The latest issue of the Employer Assistance and Resource Network’s (EARN) newsletter was released this week, featuring information on several recent op-eds addressing disability employment as well as current proposed rulemaking and state-level legislative action. This issue’s employer spotlight is a Connecticut cinema that provides jobs and job training to people with disabilities. EARN 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 ODEP under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center.

LEAD Center Publishes Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability is a monthly update focusing on the intersection of disability, employment and health care policy. It provides policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families with information about relevant policy developments regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and related topics, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The latest update features stories on a recent Senate HELP Committee hearing on employer wellness programs, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report and presentation on federal efforts related to mental illness, National Disability Institute’s (NDI) ABLE Resource Center, Delaware’s statewide plan for supporting people with mental health and substance abuse disorders and much more.