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National Disability Employment Awareness Month — #InclusionWorks

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has selected the theme for 2016’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) — #InclusionWorks. Observed in October, NDEAM is a nationwide campaign celebrating the skills and talents workers with disabilities bring to our workplaces. Led nationally by ODEP, NDEAM’s true spirit lies in the many grassroots observances held nationwide every year. Each spring, the theme for the year’s celebration is announced to help organizations and groups plan their events. The hashtag theme is intended to spur both individuals and groups to post images and stimulate discussion on social media about the many ways “inclusion works.”

Talent Matters: Leveraging Disability-Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment Strategies — June 30, 1:00-2:30 PM ET

To help employers learn effective outreach and recruitment strategies to attract qualified individuals with disabilities, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is hosting a webinar on ways to build a disability-inclusive talent pipeline. This panel presentation will focus on partnering with community-based organizations and connecting with service providers that can identify and prepare individuals with disabilities for specific workforce needs. This webinar, to be held June 30, 1:00-2:30 PM ET, will be of particular interest to disability program managers, diversity and inclusion professionals, human resources professionals, managers and hiring officials, from both the private and public sectors.

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its May 11 newsletter, featuring information on Mental Health Month, two articles on disability issues published by the Society for Human Resource Management, upcoming web events, and more.

PEAT Talks: Sharing Success from the WWW+W4A Accessibility Hackathon — May 19, 2:00-2:30 PM ET

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will hold its next PEAT Talk on May 19, 2:00-2:30 PM ET. This special installment of the monthly speaker series will focus on the outcomes of the WWW+W4A Accessibility Hackathon sponsored by Google Montreal and PEAT. The event, held on April 13, challenged participants to take a popular web-based product used widely in workplaces and schools and make it accessible to all users. During this PEAT Talk, the winners will present their innovations to help mark Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

“Driving Your Own Success” — Careers & the disABLED Magazine Features ODEP Employee

In a recent article in Careers & the disABLED magazine, “Driving Your Own Success,” Lois Vidaver profiled employees in the Federal government and military sectors as models for people with disabilities considering careers in these fields. Highlighted among them was Nathan Cunningham, policy advisor in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Cunningham described his own career path and provided advice for job seekers, including the importance of skills such as clear written and oral communications, flexibility, self-motivation, and critical, interdisciplinary thinking. “Although definitions of success and skill-attainment may vary for different people in different fields, a few skills stand out to me as particularly important across careers, and I continue to hone them as I take on new responsibilities,” Cunningham said.

EEOC Releases Publication on Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new resource document that addresses the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The document, entitled “Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” is intended to help educate employers and employees about workplace leave under the ADA to prevent discriminatory denials of leave from occurring. It consolidates existing guidance on ADA and leave into one place, addressing issues that arise frequently regarding leave as a reasonable accommodation, including the interactive process, maximum leave policies, “100 percent healed” policies, and reassignment. It also provides numerous examples that illustrate existing legal requirements and obligations for both employees and employers.

FTA Launches National Aging and Disability Transportation Center Website

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has unveiled a new website focused on increasing access to transportation for older adults, people with disabilities, and caregivers. The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) site offers resources, webinars, publications, and technical assistance on accessible community transportation options.