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How to Use the Schedule A Hiring Authority — Blog

In her blog “I’m a Federal Employee Thanks to Schedule A. You Can Be, Too!” Tiffany Jolliff, program specialist at the Office of Disability Employment Policy, takes the reader through the federal Schedule A hiring process. She lays out in great detail the steps necessary to apply for a federal job as a qualified person with a disability who is Schedule A eligible. “I am here to tell you that I was able to successfully jump through the hoops to get in,” says Jolliff.

EEOC Releases New Fact Sheet on the ABCs of Schedule A for Disability Program Managers and Selective Placement Program Coordinators.

A new fact sheet from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides information for federal Disability Program Managers (DPM) and Selective Placement Program Coordinators (SPPC) on using the Schedule A hiring authority for applicants with disabilities. The publication offers step by step information on the hiring process, a frequently asked questions section, and a listing of resources.

JAN ENews is Now Available

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released its latest ENews online publication. May is American Stroke Month, so this edition of the ENews puts a spotlight on the different functional limitations that can be caused by a stroke, and potential workplace accommodations for these situations. Other ENews topics include wellness programs and the ADA, types of relay calls, and tips on converting a PowerPoint file to PDF. New JAN resources are also highlighted.

April LEAD Center Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability Is Out

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability 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 new CMS rule related to publicly-funded health plans, a new Mathematica Money Follows the Person program report, the State of Minnesota’s efforts to comply with the Olmstead community living standard, New Hampshire’s proposal to eliminate Medicaid expansion and much more. The LEAD Center Policy Update – Employment, Health Care and Disability is a project of the LEAD Center in collaboration with the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

EARN Releases April 29 Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network’s (EARN) latest newsletter was released on April 29, featuring information on DiversityInc’s list of top companies for diversity and disability, a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission proposed rule, the upcoming Mental Health Month, and more. EARN is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities, which is funded by ODEP under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center.

Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education — Archived Webinar

The webinar “Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education” has been archived. Sponsored by the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC) in coordination with the ODEP-funded Employer TA Center, it featured speakers from the Job Accommodation Network and The Viscardi Center. The webinar addressed why, how and when to accommodate employees with mental health disabilities in the higher education employment setting. Several real-life accommodation situations and solutions from colleges and universities across the country were presented. The presentation files are available along with the recorded webinar.

10 Things to Know about Becoming an Entrepreneur — Disability Connection Newsletter

The April edition of Disability.gov’s Disability Connection Newsletter is devoted to entrepreneurship for people with disabilities. The newsletter includes links to dozens of resources on topics such as finding a mentor, financing a business, and self-employment as customized employment. Special attention is given to young entrepreneurs as well as veterans.

The Role of Centralized Accommodations Funds — Archived Webinar

The Federal Disability Workforce Consortium (FDWC) News Hour webinar “Inclusion Across the Employment Lifecycle: The Role of Centralized Accommodations Funds” has been added to the webinar archives on the eFedLink website. The webinar explored strategies for encouraging the formation of centralized accommodations funds within the Federal Government. The presentation files are available along with the recorded webinar. eFedLink is a community of practice to advance federal employment for people with disabilities.