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

Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities to Meet August 29, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
The next meeting of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (the Committee) will be open to the public and take place by webinar on August 29, 1:00-2:00 PM ET. On August 29, the Committee will meet to confirm consensus on the Final Report. Members of the public wishing to participate in the webinar must register in advance of the meeting, by August 19, 2016.

Event Brings Mental Health to the Forefront
As part of its observance of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) this week hosted a special event focused on the importance of workplace supports for people with mental health conditions. The event included a screening of the powerful documentary “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” followed by a discussion with Holdsclaw, a former basketball star who now dedicates her time to advocating for others with mental health conditions, as well as the film’s creator, Rick Goldsmith. Following the event, Holdsclaw penned a blog post for DOL about the importance of ensuring support for all people with disabilities, including those whose disabilities are not visible to the eye.

ODEP Puts a Focus on Mental Health and Employment
Nearly one in five Americans may experience some form of mental illness each year. Every day people with mental illness contribute considerable skills and talents to America’s workforce; therefore, supporting the mental health needs of workers is good for employees, employers and society at large. To provide resources to assist in fostering mental health-friendly workplaces, ODEP has created a Mental Health topic page on its website.

PEAT Talks: The IAAP and the Growth of a Global Accessibility Profession — August 18, 2:00-2:30 PM ET
The next PEAT Talk, to be held August 18, 2:00-2:30 PM ET, will feature Rob Sinclair, President of the IAAP Global Leadership Team, who will discuss the mission of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and its approach to encouraging the growth of a worldwide accessibility profession. This includes its active member community answering implementation and strategy questions, education and certification programs to help professionals keep their skills up-to-date, and creating tools and templates to help organizations build and run their own internal accessibility programs. The recently announced merger with G3ict will help take these programs to the next level by increasing global reach and much more.

Department of Justice Revises Regulations to Implement Requirements of ADA Amendments Act of 2008
A final rule revising the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II and Title III regulations to implement the requirements of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) was published in the Federal Register on August 11 and will take effect on October 11, 2016. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the meaning and interpretation of the ADA definition of disability to ensure that the term would be broadly construed and applied without extensive analysis so that all individuals with disabilities could receive the law’s protections. Although the ADAAA is already in effect and applies to entities covered under Title II and III of the ADA, DOJ’s changes to its Title II and III regulations will help clarify the interpretation and application of the ADAAA.