Enroll for Health Care Coverage Now – Deadline December 15

Only a few days remain before the December 15 deadline to enroll in health care coverage for 2016 through HealthCare.gov. Remember that insurers cannot refuse to sell you a plan or charge you more just because you have a preexisting condition such as HIV, cancer, or any other disability. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or click away. Representatives at the Call Center are available 24 hours a day, every day at 1-800-318-2596. Call Center representatives can answer questions and help you enroll in coverage over the phone. Free, confidential, in-person help is also available at enrollment sites and events in communities across the nation. Visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov to search for local help in your neighborhood. Follow @HealthCareGov and @HHSgov on Twitter, and HealthCare.gov and HHS on Facebook.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Sheehy Addresses Employment First Orientation Meeting

On December 9, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy addressed more than 60 Core State Coordinators at the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program annual orientation meeting at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC. The EFSLMP fosters the development of a national and state Employment First strategic policy framework. During the all-day meeting, attendees reflected on accomplishments and brainstormed on further advancing the objectives of the Employment First movement.

EARN Releases Latest Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has issued its December 9 newsletter, featuring information on inclusive party planning, an apprenticeship policy brief, upcoming web events, and more.

GSA Updates Section 508 Guidance Documents

The General Services Administration (GSA) Section 508 Guidance Documents have been updated to reflect a newly modified website. This site, Section508.gov, provides information and links to guidance, resources, tools, and blog articles focusing on helping the Federal Government implement the requirements of Section 508. Using this website, federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508 as they apply to the development, procurement, maintenance, or use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services. Resources on the site include helpful tips for agencies to improve compliance with Section 508, information on Section 508 compliance in the basic federal acquisition process, things to do and things to avoid when reviewing IT solicitations, guidance on how to resolve issues identified in a solicitation review, and more.

FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination Is Accepting Job Applications – Deadline December 18

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC) is now accepting applications for several full-time vacancies at FEMA headquarters and across the U.S. ODIC’s mission is to lead and achieve whole community emergency management, inclusive of individuals with disabilities, and others with access and functional needs. The office provides guidance, tools, methods, programs, and strategies for physical, program, and effective communication access before, during, and after disasters. The job announcements, advertised through USAJobs.gov, will close on December 18 or the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first. If you have any questions, please contact Mia Burke at mia.burke@fema.dhs.gov or by phone at 202-212-4693.

2016 AAPD Washington, DC Summer Internship Program Application Now Available

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internship Program places college students, graduate students, law students, and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profits, and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC, and fully-accessible housing. At the beginning of the summer, interns participate in a 1-week orientation session to learn about AAPD as well as the disability rights movement, meet the other interns, and participate in a variety of engaging workshops and events. As part of the AAPD network, interns also receive opportunities to attend events on Capitol Hill, conferences, community events, happy hours, and more. Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 15, 2016.