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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet July 20-21, 2016
The next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will take place on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, and Thursday, July 21, 2016. The meeting will be open to the public on Wednesday, July 20 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM ET. On Thursday, July 21, the meeting will be open to the public from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM ET. The meeting will take place at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004-1111. On July 20 and 21, the Committee will review, discuss and finalize the latest draft of its final report. The Committee will also hear from a panel of experts regarding the most recent developments in increasing competitive integrated employment at the state level. In addition, a representative of the Department will thank the Committee members for their work.

WIOA at Year Two: Continuing the Conversation — July19, 2016, 3:00-4:00 PM ET
Six months after the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) National Convening, and only weeks after WIOA Final Rules were made publicly available, leaders from federal agencies — including the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services — will reconvene with a webinar on July 19 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the passage of WIOA. During the webinar, presenters will answer questions from the public workforce and education systems on the final rule, and provide a broad overview of what training and technical assistance is coming next. In order to register to participate in the webinar, you must create and activate a free account on WorkforceGPS.

RESNA and NCART Welcome Deputy Assistant Secretary Sheehy
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy took part in a panel discussion at a conference on July 13 sponsored by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) and National Coalition for Assistive and Rehab Technology (NCART). Sheehy spoke about key ODEP initiatives related to accessible workplace technology, including the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), ePolicyWorks and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).

ODEP Blogs About Workplace Inclusion for Women and Youth with Disabilities
This week’s Department of Labor blog featured a piece by ODEP Chief of Staff Taryn Williams exploring the importance of workplace inclusion for women with disabilities. The blog recounts Williams’ experience presenting at a conference hosted by Platform, an organization that works to ensure that women’s voices are always part of conversations about their bodies, lives and future. Williams discusses her own experiences advocating for policy reform around equality, and early factors that can lead to career success for youth with disabilities, and all young women.

NDEAM 2016 Posters Now Available
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is just three months away, and there’s no better time than now to start planning NDEAM festivities centered around the 2016 theme: #InclusionWorks. This year’s free NDEAM poster—available for mail order and download right now—captures the multi-faceted nature of the #InclusionWorks message, illustrating that inclusion works for businesses, for opportunity and for innovation.

PEAT Blog Explores Intersection of Social Media and Recruiting
This week, the ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) issued a blog post recapping its recent PEAT Talk webinar titled “Social Media & Job Recruiting — Leveling the ‘Playing Fields.’” The piece offers insights from the event’s featured speaker, digital marketer Eliza Greenwood, who addressed the prevalence of social media use in today’s job recruiting landscape and the importance of ensuring that recruiting efforts are accessible across all channels.

Campaign for Disability Employment to Host Twitter Chat on Youth with Disabilities — July 28, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
On Thursday, July 28 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET, the CDE will host its first Twitter chat on “How Businesses Can Support Career Success for Youth with Disabilities.” Held in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the chat will serve as a prelude to this October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by highlighting why “inclusion works” for the current generation of youth and young adults with disabilities who are either transitioning to or just starting out in the workforce. The chat will explore what today’s post-ADA generation of youth with disabilities see as key to their workplace success—and the important role that employers can play in helping them achieve it. To participate, please use the hashtag #CDEYouth.