For more information, go to www.dol.gov/odep.

Celebrating the 17th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision
In a June 22 post on the White House blog, Maria Town, Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement, and Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Office of Civil Rights, reflect on the 17th anniversary of the Olmstead v. L.C. Supreme Court decision that ruled that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities cannot be unnecessarily segregated and must receive services in the most integrated setting possible. The blog discusses the Obama administration’s efforts in enforcing Olmstead over the past eight years, including filing briefs in 50 Olmstead integration matters in 25 states. It also tells the stories of two individuals whose lives were changed because of Olmstead.

National Family and Community Engagement Conference Welcomes ODEP Chief of Staff Taryn Williams
On June 21, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Chief of Staff Taryn Williams served on a panel at the 2016 National Family and Community Engagement Conference in Pittsburgh, PA., focusing on ways that family involvement is a critical element in predicting successful transition from adolescence to adulthood and the world of work for all young people, including youth from disadvantaged populations. The conference was sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership, which also houses ODEP’s youth technical assistance center, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth).

BLS Releases Labor Force Characteristics for Persons with a Disability
The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has issued an Economic News Release on “Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics,” which shows, among other statistics, that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities fell to 10.7% in 2015 from 12.5% in 2014. The data on persons with a disability are collected as part of the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly sample survey of about 60,000 households that provides statistics on employment and unemployment in the United States. The collection of data on persons with a disability is sponsored by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

LEAD Center to Host Twitter Chat on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways — #LEADChat — June 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
The LEAD Center will hold its inaugural Twitter chat on Promoting Inclusive Career Pathways on June 30, 3:00-4:00 PM ET. Over the next several months, the LEAD Center will focus on strategies and practices to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities, and others who face barriers to employment, in career pathways initiatives. The goal of this Twitter chat is to provide participants the opportunity to inform the LEAD Center’s work, by posing questions, sharing successes, and identifying barriers. To join the Twitter chat, use the hashtag #LEADChat or visit the LEAD Center’s Twitter page (@LEADCtr).

AAPD Seeks Disability Mentoring Day Coordinators
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) is a large-scale national effort coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) to promote career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through hands-on career exploration and ongoing mentoring relationships. While DMD has been and continues to be officially launched the third Wednesday of each October during National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), the foundation of the program has expanded from a one-day event to an extensive national mentoring program for young professionals with disabilities across the United States, territories, and abroad. The growth of DMD is made possible by the unwavering work of DMD Coordinators across the country who volunteer their time to host and manage the logistical requirements for local and regional programs. If you or anyone you know may be interested or want additional information on becoming a DMD coordinator, please send an email to DMD@aapd.com.

ADA National Network Celebrates the ADA Anniversary
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)-funded ADA National Network has released the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit in anticipation of the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26. The tool kit includes links to resources, publications, and ADA events and celebrations. Visitors are also invited to take the ADA Anniversary Pledge. The ADA National Network provides information, guidance, and training on the ADA, including a diverse collection of factsheets, guides, webinars, webcourses, and more.