White House Gathers Leaders to Discuss the “United State of Women”

On June 14, the White House will gather leading voices for a summit exploring the “United State of Women” — and action needed to make it stronger going forward for all women and girls, including those with disabilities. A video released this week to promote participation in the event, both in-person and virtual, features a few of the women lending their voice to the discussion, which will focus on six key areas: economic empowerment, health and wellness, educational opportunity, violence again women, entrepreneurship and innovation, and leadership and civic engagement.

AAAED Welcomes Deputy Assistant Secretary Sheehy

Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy had the opportunity to speak to members of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) when they gathered for their national conference and annual meeting this week in Tysons Corner, Va. Sheehy spoke during the event’s first plenary panel, which focused on ways education, business and government can work together to bridge the opportunity gap for underrepresented groups, including people with disabilities.

LEAD Center Issues New Information Brief

The ODEP-funded LEAD Center this week released a new publication focused on how assistive technology can follow people with disabilities from secondary school to post-secondary education, vocational rehabilitation and employment. Funding for Assistive Technology — Transitioning from Secondary School to VR and Work is one is a series of “LEADing to Employment Information Briefs” published by the LEAD Center that provide a summary of topics of interest to people with disabilities pursuing employment and economic advancement.

Education Department Announces Funding to Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities

This week, the Department of Education published its intent to award a cooperative agreement to support a National Comprehensive Center on Improving Literacy for Students with Disabilities. The Center will be administered jointly by the department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS). Eligible applicants include research organizations, institutions, agencies, institutions of higher education, or partnerships among such entities or individuals. Applications are due by July 25, 2016.

Webinar to Address Strategies for Engaging Employers to Increase Inclusion

On June 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET, the ODEP-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) will present Talent Matters: Fostering Disability-Inclusive Outreach and Recruitment Strategies. This webinar will address innovative ways service providers can cultivate strong relationships with employers that both increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities and meet individual businesses’ unique workforce needs. Due to technical difficulties, people who registered for this webinar previously should do so again.

Viscardi Achievement Awards Nominations Now Being Accepted

The Viscardi Center is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards. Bestowed annually, these awards honor leaders who have helped improve quality of life for people with disabilities in all areas of community life, including employment. They are named in honor of the Center’s founder and one of the world’s foremost advocates for people with disabilities, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. This year’s selection committee is co-chaired by Robert Dole, former U.S. Senator, and Sherwood D. Goldberg, Esq. (Col. Ret), Senior Advisor for Asian Affairs, Center for Naval Analysis. Nominations are due by September 30, 2016.

PEAT Issues June Newsletter

This week, the ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) issued its June newsletter, which features a recap of the recent WWW+W4A Accessibility Hackathon, an opportunity to comment on proposed updates to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and a preview of PEAT’s appearance at the upcoming M-Enabling Summit. The issue also highlights several blogs and PEAT Talks webinars on topics related to accessible eRecruiting.