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Secretary Perez Receives Tony Coelho Award

At a ceremony in his honor at the U.S. Capitol on July 16, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez received the Tony Coelho Award for his significant commitment to making work a reality for countless individuals with disabilities. In his acceptance remarks, Perez stated, “We may be 25 years in on the ADA, but this is no time to rest on our laurels… The next 25 years are going to be just as critical and, I hope, just as groundbreaking as the last 25.”

Disability Champions to Discuss “The Next 25 Years of the ADA” — July 21, 10:00-11:00 AM EDT

On July 21 from 10:00-11:00 AM EDT, the U.S. Department of Labor will host “The Next 25 Years of the ADA,” a discussion with two disability employment champions: Senator Tom Harkin, one of the pioneers behind the ADA, the ADA Amendments Act, and other legislation; and Delaware Governor Jack Markell, who highlighted the issue at the state level during his tenure as chair of the National Governors Association in 2012-2013. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will be live streamed.

Federal News Radio Column Explores Shifts in Disability Employment

As part of a recent Federal News Radio series on how the federal workspace has changed over the years, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy contributed a column about important shifts in disability employment. Key themes were disability’s integration into the diversity paradigm and an increasing commitment to inclusive policies and practices across the entire employment lifecycle, especially related to reasonable accommodations.

ADA25 and Employment: Voices from the Blogosphere

With the 25th anniversary of the ADA fast approaching, disability has been a popular topic on the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog as of late, with numerous authors from both within and outside of the department sharing their thoughts on issues ranging from accessible technology and accommodations to data collection and competitive integrated employment.

BLS Commissioner Offers Insight into the Importance of Data on Disability and Employment

In a recent blog post, Dr. Erica Groshen, the Commissioner of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, discussed the importance of data in delivering on the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act, noting the improvements in collection that have occurred since the law’s passage 25 years ago and how information gathered helps guide the development of effective policy to improve opportunities for current and future workers with disabilities.

25 for ADA25 — Suggestions for Employers on Improving Disability Inclusion

As an outcome of a White House Summit on Disability Employment convened in February and in anticipation of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative — a federal cross-agency effort working to increase employment opportunities and financial independence for people with disabilities — compiled a set of 25 suggestions for employers on how to increase disability inclusion in their workplaces.

Promoting Ability in Major League Baseball — and in the Workplace

In honor of the ADA’s 25th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Labor featured a powerful public service announcement highlighting Curtis Pride, whose deafness was never a barrier to playing Major League Baseball. In the PSA, Pride talks about the importance of judging people on their abilities, not disabilities, both on the field and in the workplace. The PSA was produced by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), an ODEP Alliance partner.

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The latest Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) newsletter was published on July 15, featuring information on a new resource for state governments, recent research into consumers attitudes about disability 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.