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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities Submits Interim Report

The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) submitted its Interim Report to the Secretary of Labor and Congress on September 15, 2015. The report summarizes the progress of the Committee and provides interim findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Disability Employment Initiative Grants Awarded to Six States

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded grants totaling $14,911,243 to six states to increase employment opportunities for adults and youth with disabilities. The grants to Alaska, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, New York and Washington are part of the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI), a joint initiative of DOL’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy. This is the sixth round of DEI funding. Since 2010, DOL has awarded grants worth more than $95 million through the initiative to 43 projects in 27 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities.

Office of Disability Employment Policy Renews Agreement with Administration for Community Living

Building on a partnership that started in 2012, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL) signed a new memorandum of agreement to continue to jointly expand and promote competitive, integrated employment as the first employment option for individuals with significant disabilities. “This agreement solidifies our continued collaboration with the Administration for Community Living to align policy, practice, and funding toward outcomes related to competitive, integrated employment, independent living, and optimal socioeconomic advancement for individuals with disabilities,” noted ODEP Acting Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy, who signed the agreement with ACL Commissioner Sharon Lewis.

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is celebrating its 50th anniversary! OFCCP invites you to join them for the “Journey of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action” event on Friday, September 25, 2015, 10:00-11:00 AM EDT, at the DOL’s César A. Chávez Auditorium, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC. A reception will follow. Guests should arrive 30 minutes before the program for security screening, and photo identification will be required for entrance. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Please include any accommodation requests in your RSVP, which is due by Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has issued its September 17 newsletter, featuring information on National Preparedness Month, the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDES) report, upcoming events, 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.

American Association of People with Disabilities Presents Disability Mentoring Day

Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a national effort coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships. Local DMD Coordinators across the country volunteer their time to host and manage the logistical requirements for DMD events each October.