For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

Comment Period on Inclusive Apprenticeship NPRM Extended to January 20

The comment period for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on increasing the representation of under-represented groups in apprenticeship programs has been extended until January 20, 2016. The purpose of the proposed rule is to ensure this talent pool is inclusive of all qualified candidates, including people with disabilities. Employers and other organizations that sponsor apprenticeship programs (or may do so in the future) are encouraged to submit feedback. To assist in doing so, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) developed a policy brief about the NPRM.

Registration Open for PEAT Talk on Universal Design — January 21, 2:00-2:30 PM ET

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will hold the January edition of its virtual speaker series “PEAT Talks” on the topic of “Accessibility and the Seven Principles of Universal Design” on January 21, 2:00-2:30 PM ET. Sina Bahram of Prime Access Consulting (PAC) will discuss how these principles can be applied to develop content and experiences that advance digital accessibility and are inclusive of the widest possible audience.

NCWD/Youth Releases Publications on Employment, Transition, Education for Youth

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has released three new publications, including “By Youth, for Youth: Employment,” “Transition Truths: An Overview of Transition Systems,” and “Supporting Families of Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education: Learning from the Voices of Families.” NCWD/Youth assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth, and is composed of partners with expertise in education, youth development, disability, employment, workforce development, and family issues.

LEAD Center Publishes LEAD On! Quarterly Newsletter

The latest issue of the LEAD Center’s quarterly newsletter “LEAD On!” is now available. This issue includes information on Employment First resources, the new Section 188 Disability Reference Guide, recent LEAD Center presentations, and more.

EEOC Issues Publication on HIV/AIDS and Employment Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new publication entitled “What You Should Know About HIV/AIDS and Employment Discrimination.” It features extensive information on HIV, employment discrimination, and the ADA, as well as training and guidance resources, and details on relevant EEOC enforcement and litigation.