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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet April 27-28, 2016

The next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, and Thursday, April 28, 2016. The meeting will be open to the public on Wednesday, April 27 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT. On Thursday, April 28, the meeting will be open to the public from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT. The meeting will take place at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004-1111. On April 27 and 28, the four subcommittees of the Committee will report out on their work since the last meeting of the Committee. In addition, the entire Committee will discuss recommendations regarding the AbilityOne® program. Also, the Committee will consider recommendations regarding the certificate program under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The whole Committee will also discuss next steps and timelines for the final report.

PEAT Issues April Newsletter

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) issued its April newsletter which features background on PEAT’s new TalentWorks tool, an opportunity to comment on proposed updates to Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, and two guest blog posts on issues related to the accessibility of online recruiting tools. The issue also promotes two PEAT Talks webinars on topics including “Building Accessible Online Recruiting and Hiring Systems,” and “Sharing Success from the WWW+W4A Accessibility Hackathon.”

SHRM News Article Features PEAT’s TalentWorks

Accessibility issues in eRecruiting technology was the topic of an April 20 article titled “How Accessible Is Your Recruiting Technology?” on the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) website. The story highlighted TalentWorks, an online resource created by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT). TalentWorks provides tips and tools for employers and human resources professionals to help them ensure their online job applications and other eRecruiting technologies are accessible to job seekers with disabilities. Featured topics include testing products for accessibility, using accessible social media techniques, and buying accessible eRecruiting products.

HSC Foundation and NCIL Now Accepting Applications for Youth Transitions Fellowship

The HSC Foundation, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), is now accepting applications for the Youth Transitions Fellowship, a 15-month paid position with the organizations’ disability youth transition and collaboration work. This fellowship is tailored for a person with a disability between the ages of 18 and 26 who has an interest in youth career transitions and employment solutions. Applications must be received by 5:00 PM ET on or before April 26, 2016.

National Work Incentives Seminar Event — April 27, 3:00-4:30 PM ET

The Social Security Administration’s National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, “Ticket to Work: Choosing a Service Provider That’s Right for You,” will be presented on Wednesday, April 27, 3:00-4:30 PM ET. The webinar is aimed at those who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to make more money through work. Information will be provided on Social Security programs and rules such as Ticket to Work and Work Incentives, choosing the right service provider, and the importance of receiving long-term employment supports after starting work.