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#InclusionWorks — NDEAM Theme Blog

In a May 27 post on the DOL blog site, Jennifer Sheehy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy, announced the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) for 2016, #InclusionWorks. Noted Sheehy, “With this year’s hashtag theme, we hope to spur individuals and groups to post images and stimulate discussion on social media about the many ways “inclusion works,” and I’m looking forward to the dialogue!” While NDEAM is celebrated in October, the theme was released this month to help with advance planning for observances in the fall.

ODEP to Host Webinar on the Value of Inclusive Service and AmeriCorps Programs for Youth with Disabilities — June 9, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT

Are you interested in learning more about how to connect youth with disabilities to inclusive service and volunteer opportunities as a pathway to employment? On June 9, 2:00-3:00 PM EDT, the Office of Disability Employment Policy will host a webinar on this topic in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. This webinar will provide an overview of the benefits of volunteering, detail national service programs like AmeriCorps for youth with disabilities to choose from, and feature the experiences of a service alum with a disability. AmeriCorps recruitment season is approaching this summer, so tune in to learn how to take advantage of these opportunities.

Workforce Recruitment Program Seeks Federal Employees to Recruit Students with Disabilities

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP is the primary pipeline bringing students and recent graduates with disabilities into federal employment. Volunteers are needed to act as WRP recruiters for the upcoming recruitment season, which runs from October 27 through November 18, 2016. Recruiters must be federal employees who can commit to conducting at least 10 30-minute phone interviews with students from across the country, and to evaluate each student candidate in writing. The required recruiter training is conducted online and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Registration is open until August 15, 2016.

PEAT Twitter Chat: Social Media and eRecruiting — June 2, 2:00-2:30 PM EDT

Join the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) and digital marketer Eliza Greenwood (@E_lizaG) on June 2, 2:00-2:30 PM EDT, to discuss how accessibility concerns can impact social media usage by job seekers and recruiters. Participants can join this real-time Twitter conversation by following and tagging their posts with the hashtag #PEATtalks.

PEAT Blog Explores Social Media, Recruiting and Accessibility

This week, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) issued a blog post exploring social media’s impact on recruiting and hiring job candidates. Citing research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)—an ODEP Alliance partner—the piece reports that 84% of organizations are now using social media for recruiting, up from 56% in 2011. “More and more, employers are posting job openings and information for job seekers on social media,” writes PEAT. “When these posts are not accessible, it’s yet another barrier for people with disabilities. In addition, employers are not reaching the entire talent pool that could be available to them.” The new data reinforce points made within PEAT’s TalentWorks tool, which helps employers ensure their eRecruiting tools are accessible to job seekers with disabilities.

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its May 25 newsletter, featuring information on the National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme #InclusionWorks, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) news, an Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) directive, upcoming web events, and more.

Federal Communications Commission Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Video Described Programming

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now proposing revisions to its rules that would expand the availability of, and support consumer access to, video described programming, for the benefit of consumers who are blind or visually impaired. The FCC is seeking comments on its tentative conclusion regarding the costs and benefits of these proposed rules, on the proposed rules themselves, on appropriate timelines for the proposed rules, and on other possible changes to the rules to ensure that blind and visually impaired consumers have access to television programming. Comments are due on or before July 26, 2016.