Want to Help Increase Disability Inclusion in the Workforce? Become a WRP Recruiter!

Attention federal employees! The Workforce Recruitment Program is currently seeking recruiters! WRP recruiters conduct interviews with students and recent graduates with disabilities nationwide in order to populate the WRP database, which federal agencies can then access to hire interns as well as permanent employees. Since 1995, more than 6,000 individuals have been hired through the WRP, many of them going on to become full-time federal employees. As such, it is a key tool for increasing the inclusion of people with disabilities in the federal workforce.

“Who I Am” Public Service Announcement Continues to Air Nationwide

The “Who I Am” public service announcement, produced by the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment, has topped 50,000 airings on 488 television stations and cable outlets nationwide. “Who I Am” features nine real people with disabilities. Rather than be defined by disability, these individuals are the sum of their many life roles, which includes working in jobs they love. The PSA is available to the public on an accessible DVD that features a “talking menu” and in multiple formats on the web. Also available are a discussion guide and posters featuring the individuals in the PSA.

Job Accommodation Network Publishes New Blog

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) blog post “Health Care Workers with Motor Impairments – Part 2” is the last segment of a two-part feature on accommodations for healthcare workers with motor impairments. JAN Lead Consultant Elisabeth Simpson, MS., CRC, and Dr. Donna Carol Maheady, the founder of the non-profit resource network Exceptional Nurse, answer questions and offer resources and information on the topic. The first installment of the blog was posted on July 1 and is available on the JAN site.

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has issued its August 19 newsletter, featuring information on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ new Section 503 checklist, the availability of National Disability Employment Awareness Month posters, upcoming webinars, 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.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ 50th Anniversary Approaches

The US Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will commemorate its 50th anniversary next month. The agency was established in 1965 through the signing of Executive Order 11246 by President Lyndon Johnson. Save the date of September 24 to participate in OFCCP’s celebration, “Collective Voices of Change: The Journey of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.”