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Stay at Work/Return to Work JAN Webcast Now Archived

The Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) May 12 webcast on stay-at-work and return-to-work programs and best practices is now available in the JAN archives. In the webcast, JAN consultants Elisabeth Simpson, M.S., and Lisa Mathess, M.S., explore the goals and effectiveness of these programs. They also discuss how, as part of a broader disability management program, stay-at-work and return-to-work initiatives should address the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability-related laws. The transcript and PowerPoint presentation are available along with the webcast.

PEAT Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), observed the third Thursday of every May, encourages us to take the time to “experience first-hand the impact of digital accessibility (or lack thereof),” according to the GAAD website, which has a variety of suggestions on ways to participate. In celebration of GAAD, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has launched an interactive video series of PEAT experts discussing what the future of accessible technology will look like as it relates to employment. They invite you to join the conversation and share your perspectives on the issue at the PEAT website.

Section 508 Best Practices Webinar — May 26, 1:00-2:30 PM EDT

The webinar “CIA IT Accessibility Program — A Case Study of an Accessibility Maturity Model,” to be presented May 26, 1:00-2:30 PM, EDT, will provide an overview of the IT Accessibility Program used at the CIA. It will discuss the revisions the CIA made to the original Accessibility Model and how the new revised Maturity Model provides an objective, measureable approach to incorporating Accessibility into an organization. This webinar is part of a series of free webinars that will address a variety of issues associated with ensuring federal agencies have the knowledge they need to meet their obligations under Section 508. The series is cosponsored by The Accessibility Committee of the CIO Council, the U.S. Access Board, and eFedLink/ODEP. Real-Time captioning and Video Sign Language Interpreter are available for each session and will be broadcast via the webinar platform. A non-toll free telephone option for receiving audio is also available.

Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice — June 24, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM EDT

The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) is hosting the Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice on June 24, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM EDT, at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. The symposium will examine the state of the science and interactions among employment research, practice, and policy in terms of how research-based knowledge can affect practice and policy, and how practice and policy can influence research. Federal government representatives, researchers, individuals with disabilities and their representatives, employers, and workforce professionals are welcome to attend. Registration deadline is June 16.

Opportunity to Participate in Research — National Employment Survey

The U.S. Department of Education-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement (EPM-RRTC), in partnership with the Kessler Foundation, is conducting an online survey of employment issues for working-age adults with disabilities. This survey is open to individuals with disabilities or family members of individuals who are employed or seeking employment. The primary purpose of this survey is to understand the mechanisms by which individuals with disabilities strive to work and the challenges they face in doing so. Findings from this survey will inform research and advocacy efforts to develop innovative and sustainable approaches across stakeholder groups to maximize the employment opportunities of people with disabilities.

IEL Seeks Stories from the ADA Generation — Deadline June 1

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is collecting stories from the ADA Generation — youth and young adults who came of age since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act — about what the ADA means to them. These stories will be published on the IEL website and shared through social media. IEL encourages creativity in format, media, and content. Stories can be in written, graphic, or video form. Videos should be no longer than three (3) minutes and written submissions should be no longer than 500 words. All pictures should include captions. Submissions are due by June 1. Submissions and questions can be sent to