ODEP to Host National Online Dialogue to Hear from Youth — May 19-22

From May 19-22, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy will host a national online dialogue. During this discussion, youth and young adults with disabilities between the ages of 13-25 will share ideas about what they need to become successful adults, and they will comment and vote on one another’s ideas. These ideas will reflect what young people care about and need from service professionals, peers, family members, employers, advocates and policymakers. The dialogue will focus on ideas for success in six main areas: 1) Learning in School & Beyond, 2) Preparing for the Workforce, 3) Health & Healthcare Access, 4) Self-Advocacy in Everyday Life, 5) Voting & Community Engagement, and 6) Taking Care of Daily Life & Supports.

JAN Publishes “Accommodation and Compliance Series: Providing Temporary or Trial Accommodation Solutions”

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released a new publication in its Accommodation and Compliance Series, “Providing Temporary or Trial Accommodation Solutions.” Author Tracie DeFreitas, JAN Lead Consultant, explains that in some situations, short-term accommodations may work best for both employer and employee. “For example,” explains DeFreitas, “implementing a temporary change offers the opportunity to evaluate an accommodation for effectiveness before making the decision to implement the change long-term.” She illustrates several situations in which a temporary accommodation solution could be appropriate. In addition, she provides a sample temporary/trial accommodation approval form.

“PEAT Talks: Building Accessible Online Recruiting and Hiring Systems” Now Archived

In this April 21 PEAT Talk, Denis Boudreau, a Montreal-based senior web accessibility consultant and strategist working for Deque, and an invited expert of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), talks about why accessible eRecruiting tools make sense and the simple steps that web developers and designers can take to ensure that job seekers with disabilities are not excluded from employment opportunities. Boudreau has been advocating social inclusion on the web since 2001, and actively tweets about web accessibility and digital inclusion at @dboudreau.

LEAD Center Issues Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability

The LEAD Center’s Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability is a monthly update focusing on the intersection of disability, employment and health care policy. It provides policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families with information about relevant policy developments regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and related topics, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The April 2016 update features stories on the work of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) in preparation for their September 2016 final report, CMS approval of Tennessee’s HCBS Transition Plan and its employment provisions, three recent bills that were introduced in Congress to expand the flexibility and the number of people who have access to the tax-advantaged savings accounts created by the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE), and more.

National Disability Institute Seeks Feedback on LEAD Center Website Design

National Disability Institute (NDI) is in the process of redesigning its LEAD Center website, and is interested in collecting feedback from site users to better serve their needs and improve the website for all. The feedback form should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Please take a moment to click through the site prior to completing the form. Responses are considered confidential and therefore will not be released, shared or published. Results will be reported in aggregate data sets only.

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service Announces Veterans.gov Website

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) has unveiled a new website, Veterans.gov, that provides a single employment services resource for veterans, including disabled veterans. The site brings together job resources such as the American Job Centers, self-employment information, tools for employers and more. In a blog introducing the site, Mike Michaud, assistant secretary of labor for veterans’ employment and training, noted “I encourage everyone to try it out today, and spread the word about all the resources Veterans.gov has to offer.”