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President Obama and Federal Agencies Celebrate the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and several federal agencies published blogs celebrating the many accomplishments that have taken place in the 26 years since the passage of the law. Key among them are the strides that have been made in access to employment, education, transportation, and community living.
DOL Publishes Training and Employment Notice on CILs and AJCs
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy have issued a Training and Employment Notice (TEN) on “Promoting Employment and Economic Advancement: A Toolkit for Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and American Job Centers (AJCs).” The purpose of the TEN is to provide information about services available from CILs and AJCs, as well as strengthen opportunities for collaboration between the entities that can improve employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.
The Workforce Recruitment Program: A Future So Bright
On July 22, Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy attended an annual ceremony held to honor individuals who demonstrate exemplary service through the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense, the WRP links highly qualified college students and recent graduates with disabilities with federal employment opportunities, both internships and permanent positions. At the event, three individuals received awards, and this year, for the first time, a federal employer—the Defense Logistics Agency—was also recognized for its support of the program. Deputy Secretary Lu posted a blog about his experience, saying of the awardees, “If we include their forward-thinking ideas and fresh perspectives at the table, America’s future is bright indeed.”
DOL ADA Event – Screening of Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw – August 10, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
In observance of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will be holding a screening of the documentary film “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” on, August 10, 2:00-3:30 PM ET, at the DOL’s Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, in Washington, DC. The journey of “the female Michael Jordan” from troubled family life to the WNBA and Olympics reveals a long-hidden battle with mental illness and near-suicide. This powerful account of a remarkable African-American LGBT woman follows Holdsclaw’s obstacles, successes, and setbacks, and provides an instructive and inspiring portrait of one person’s struggle for mental health recovery. Screening will be followed by a conversation with Chamique Holdsclaw and academy-award nominated filmmaker, Rick Goldsmith.
ODEP Releases Personal Competencies for College and Career Success Guide
The Office of Disability Employment Policy has released “Personal Competencies for College and Career Success.” This guide provides strategies postsecondary professionals can use to assist students, including those with disabilities, in developing these personal competencies. These inclusive strategies include engaging students in self-assessment and individualized planning, encouraging students to become involved in formal and informal leadership experiences, encouraging students to become involved in activities beyond academics, connecting students with school and community resources, and providing opportunities for mentoring and peer-to-peer support, among others.
What Can States Do? Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Online Dialogue
Each year, millions of workers across the nation develop a chronic illness or sustain an injury that leads to reduced productivity, at least temporarily, that may result in job loss. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative is currently hosting an online dialogue to gather insights on this issue. Between now and Friday, August 12, join the virtual conversation by sharing your feedback on steps states can take to help workers keep their jobs after an injury, illness, or disability, and to offer input on policy recommendations intended to increase retention and re-employment.
Bo Knows…the Importance of Inclusion
The Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) recently released a new public service announcement featuring Bo Jackson, former Major League Baseball player and multi-sport All-Star athlete. Curtis Pride, also a former MLB player, and currently head baseball coach at Gallaudet University and MLB’s first disability ambassador, posted a blog introducing the PSA. In the PSA, Jackson, who had a speech impediment as a child, urges everyone to see people for what they can do and not for their disabilities. “Among many other things, “Bo Knows” the value of that message, and I’m thrilled that he has stepped up to the plate to help more people understand it, too,” notes Pride.
Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its July 25 newsletter, featuring information on an ADA Anniversary Toolkit from the ADA National Network, the 2016 Disability Equality Index results, the release of the final WIOA rules, and more.
EARN Archives Webinar on Disability-Inclusive Outreach & Recruitment Strategies
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has archived its June 30 webinar, “Talent Matters: Leveraging Disability-Inclusive Outreach & Recruitment Strategies.” The webinar addressed ways that companies can partner with disability service providers to recruit talent and meet individual businesses’ unique workforce needs. Presenters included Kathy West Evans, Director of Business Relations, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation; Katherine McCary, President, C5 Consulting, LLC; and Debra Ruh, CEO, Ruh Global Communications. The moderator was Brett Sheats, National Project Director, National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities.
PEAT Hosts Accessible Workplace Technology Roundtable
Last month, representatives from the ODEP-sponsored Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) attended and presented at the M-Enabling Summit, an international gathering of experts in the promotion and advancement of accessible mobile applications. A recent blog post explores PEAT’s experience hosting an industry Roundtable at the Summit, which engaged numerous stakeholders in an important dialogue with the U.S. Department of Labor. ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy led the conversation, which generated several suggestions for advancing accessible technology in the workplace