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ODEP Signs Alliance with Association of University Centers on Disability

Expanding the availability of resources and information on fostering an inclusive workforce is a key component of promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities. For this reason, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) signed a formal alliance with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) this week. AUCD is a membership organization that brings together university-based interdisciplinary programs and community resources nationwide to achieve meaningful change for people with disabilities in all aspects of society, including the workplace.

YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue — May 19-22, 2016

Are you a young person with a disability or a youth ally of the disability community? There is an important conversation going on about what youth with disabilities (ages 13-25) need to become successful adults, and we need to hear from you! The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth invite you to participate in our YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue. We hope youth will join this online conversation and share your ideas on the strategies and supports that can help youth and young adults with disabilities and their peers become successful adults. The YouthACT Transition Truths National Online Dialogue will take place from Thursday, May 19 until Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Job Accommodation Network Publishes New Blogs

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) recently posted two blogs on its Ask JAN Blog site. In a May 12 post, “New Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act Announced at DMEC Employer Compliance Conference,” Tracie DeFreitas, JAN Lead Consultant and ADA Specialist, reflected on her trip to the Disability Management Employer Coalition’s (DMEC) annual FMLA/ADA Employer Compliance Conference. On May 13, DeFreitas posted “Avoiding ‘The Waiting Place’ After Requesting Medical Information,” in which she discussed medical information requests related to the job accommodation process.

HHS Finalizes Rule to Improve Health Equity under the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule to advance health equity and reduce health care disparities. Under the rule, individuals are protected from discrimination in health care on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex, including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity and sex stereotyping. The “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” final rule implements Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which is the first federal civil rights law to broadly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded health programs. Previously, civil rights laws enforced by HHS’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) broadly barred discrimination based only on race, color, national origin, disability, or age. In addition to implementing Section 1557’s prohibition on sex discrimination, the final rule also enhances language assistance for people with limited English proficiency and helps to ensure effective communication for individuals with disabilities.