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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 13-14, 2015

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will hold its fourth meeting on July 13-14, 2015 in Washington, DC. The meeting will be open to the public on July 13 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT, and on July 14 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT. During the meeting, the four subcommittees of the Committee will report out on their work on draft chapters for the interim report. The Committee will also hear from expert panels that will address issues with provider transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment. The Committee will also acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its connection to competitive integrated employment. Finally, the Committee will hear from a panel of providers about their experiences with sheltered workshops under section 14(c) of the FLSA. There will be a public comment period on July 13 from 2:15 to 3:00 PM EDT. Organizations or members of the public wishing to submit a written statement may do so by July 2, 2015. Instructions on submitting comments can be found in the Federal Register Notice.

Living in the Community Means Working in the Community — ODEP Blog

June 22 was the anniversary of Olmstead v. L.C., the Supreme Court decision that affirmed that all people with disabilities have the right to live and receive services in their communities. In a blog called “Living in the Community Means Working in the Community,” Jennifer Sheehy, acting assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, discusses the importance of integrated employment in allowing people with disabilities to thrive in their communities.

ODEP Collaborative Hosts Online Dialogue on Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Issues

Are you interested in promoting policies that expand ill or injured workers’ access to timely and effective health, rehabilitation and employment services? ODEP’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative wants to hear from you. From now until July 2, 2015, the Collaborative is hosting an online dialogue on “Expanding Access to Evidence-based, Early Intervention (EBEI) SAW/RTW Services and Supports.” Akin to a virtual town hall, the online event is designed to gather thoughtful input on policy recommendations aimed at improving SAW/RTW services and supports, which, for some, can mean the difference between working and not working. The event is being facilitated by ODEP’s ePolicyWorks initiative.

PEAT Presents “PEAT Talks” Virtual Speakers Series — July 16, 2:00-2:30 PM EDT

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has announced its new virtual speaker series which showcases organizations and individuals who are working to advance accessible technology in the workplace. Held the third Thursday of every month at 2:00 PM ET, “PEAT Talks” are designed to be energetic and interactive discussions highlighting a spectrum of exciting work. Featured speakers will deliver a 10 to 15 minute talk and then field questions from attendees. The July 16 talk will be with Dennis Lembree of Easy Chirp, a Twitter web application that features the ability to “tweet” accessible images.

EARN Releases June 24 Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network’s (EARN) latest newsletter was released on June 24, featuring information on the inaugural Disability Equality Index results, an Employer TA Center publication on employer tax incentives, three online learning opportunities, 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.

Join the Conversation on Federal Policies to Promote Accessible Technology and Employment

As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act approaches, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is hosting its latest video conversation: “If you were President for the day, what specific policy action would you promote or change to increase the use of accessible technologies in the workplace?” See what Bobby Silverstein (Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville), Angela Hooker (Cascade Technologies), Mike Paciello (Paciello Group), and Jay Wyant (Minnesota CIO Office) had to say and add your own thoughts today, in the form of either a YouTube video or simple written text.

Workforce Recruitment Program Seeks Federal Employees to Recruit Students with Disabilities

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP is the primary pipeline bringing students and recent graduates with disabilities into federal employment. Volunteers are needed to act as WRP recruiters for the upcoming recruitment season, which runs from October 27 through November 17, 2015. Recruiters must be federal employees who can commit to conducting at least 10 30-minute phone interviews with students from across the country, and to evaluate each student candidate in writing. The required recruiter training is conducted online and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Registration is open until August 10, 2015. To register, visit the WRP website and click on the recruiter registration button.

Proposed Priority-Rehabilitation Training: Vocational Rehabilitation Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center

The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has proposed a priority to establish a Workforce Innovation and Technical Assistance Center. This action is taken to provide training and technical assistance to improve services under the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services program and the State Supported Employment Services program for individuals with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities, and to implement changes to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, signed into law on July 22, 2014. A Notice of Proposed Priority (NPP) was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Comments must be received by Monday, July 21, 2014. Please consult the NPP for instructions to submit comments.