DOL Launches Disability Historical Timeline for ADA 25th Anniversary

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has unveiled a disability historical timeline called “Advancing Equal Access to Opportunity” as a start to its celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The timeline highlights the laws related to disability employment from 1920 to the present. In addition to the timeline, DOL is featuring personal stories submitted by workers with disabilities who have been affected by the ADA in their lives and careers. Meredith Ausenbaugh, an intern at DOL, has written a blog on “3 Things You Can Do to Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA,” including submitting your own story to be shared on the site.

BLS Releases Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2014

On June 16, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics — 2014. The data on persons with a disability are collected as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households that provides statistics on employment and unemployment in the United States. The collection of data on persons with a disability is sponsored by the Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Webinar to Address Shifts in Disability Inclusion since the ADA — July 9, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

The ODEP-funded National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities will host a webinar on July 9, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT, focused on the shifts in thinking on disability inclusion that have occurred since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA: Leading Corporate Voices on the Value of Disability Inclusion” will address how companies recognized as top employers for people with disabilities now actively work to align disability inclusion with their corporate goals and brand, both internally and externally. The event is approved for one HR general recertification credit hour through the HR Certification Institute.

PEAT Survey on Job Application Accessibility Will Close July 1

Interested respondents have until July 1 to participate in the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology’s (PEAT) nationwide survey about the accessibility of online job applications. All people with disabilities who have recently searched or applied for employment and/or completed pre-employment assessments online are reminded to participate before the end of the month. PEAT, an initiative funded by ODEP, launched the survey last fall in efforts to better understand accessibility needs related to online job seeking and inform future efforts. The survey is anonymous and takes just a few minutes to complete.

Workforce Recruitment Program 2015 Awards Ceremony and Networking Event — July 28, 4:00-6:30 PM EDT

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management & Equal Opportunity (ODMEO), will be hosting the 2015 Workforce Recruitment Program Awards Ceremony and Networking Event on July 28, 4:00-6:30 PM EDT, at the National Youth Transitions Center, 2013 H Street, NW, Washington, DC. During the ceremony, the Judith C. Gilliom Outstanding WRP Awards will recognize selected participants for outstanding performance and demonstrated accomplishments in support of their agency or component mission. A networking session for federal interns and employees with disabilities will also be part of the event. To register for the WRP Awards Ceremony and Networking Event send an email to OSD.ABILITY@mail.mil. Sign language interpreting services will be provided. Other accommodations may be requested via email upon RSVP.

Do Ask, Do Tell: New Report Addresses Strategies for Encouraging Self-Disclosure

A new report developed by The Conference Board with support from the ODEP-funded Employer TA Center explores research related to disability disclosure in the workplace and identifies strategies that can be used by federal agencies as well as federal contractors. Based on the results of a survey of 98 employers and extensive interviews with experts on workplace disability issues, “Do Ask, Do Tell: Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify” concludes that many organizations can and must do more to build a disability-friendly culture conducive to disclosure. It also features a case study that illuminates effective practices employers in both the public and private sector may be able to replicate.

Senate Appropriations Committee 2016 Budget Markup Process

The Senate Appropriations Committee’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee markup of the “Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016” is scheduled for July 23, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT, at 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building. For information, contact 202-224-7257.