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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.

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Grant Opportunities for University-Based Labor Research and Evaluation
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the availability of approximately $2 million in grants intended to support university-based research of labor policies and issues. DOL’s Chief Evaluation Office will administer a total of up to 10 Labor Research and Evaluation grants, ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, to support evaluation and research on the following suggested topics: employee benefits security; miner safety and health; wage and hour and labor standards; worker and workplace safety and health; workers’ compensation; labor-management relations; international topics in worker protection including child and forced labor issues; improving equal employment opportunities; innovative approaches to evaluating the impact of DOL’s worker protection programs and policies using existing administrative or other data; and low-cost, randomized controlled trials or natural experiments to evaluate the impact of DOL programs. The deadline to apply is 4:00 PM ET on October 3, 2016.

Helping Workers Keep Their Jobs After an Injury, Illness, or Disability — September 13, 12:00-1:30 PM ET
On September 13, 12:00-1:30 PM ET, the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy will host a policy forum and webinar to share actionable recommendations for policies that can improve the SAW/RTW outcomes of workers who experience injury, illness, or disability. State and federal policymakers, employers, workers, service providers, staff of professional associations, and researchers are invited to participate to learn more about SAW/RTW initiatives and contribute to a discussion of critical policy and programmatic issues.

Reasonable Accommodation Toolkit: Implementing an Inclusion Infrastructure — JAN Archived Webcast
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), in collaboration with Deb Dagit, Principal for Deb Dagit Diversity, Inc., have created an online toolkit for enhancing disability inclusivity in the workplace through a robust and equitable reasonable accommodation (RA) process. This suite of tools for managing the RA process includes sample accommodation policies and practices, forms for each stage of the interactive process, and three training presentations with embedded role play videos illustrating best practices for managers and supervisors for handling disability disclosures and requests for RA. While the toolkit will not be formally launched until late September, this archived webcast serves as an overview of the toolkit and its contents.

ODEP Website Features Resources for Small Businesses
Small businesses employ half of all private sector employees in the United States, but they employ people with disabilities at a much lower rate than larger companies. ODEP has created a topic page on its website designed to provide small employers with the tools they need to recruit, hire, and retain people with disabilities.

Workforce Recruitment Program Seeks Federal Employees to Recruit Students with Disabilities
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. The WRP is the primary pipeline bringing students and recent graduates with disabilities into federal employment. Volunteers are needed to act as WRP recruiters for the upcoming recruitment season, which runs from October 27 through November 18, 2016. Recruiters must be federal employees who can commit to conducting at least 10 30-minute phone interviews with students from across the country, and to evaluate each student candidate in writing. The required recruiter training is conducted online and can be completed in about 90 minutes. Registration is open until September 2, 2016.

Webinar: Disability Diversity in the Higher Education Workforce — October 13, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
On October 13 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) and the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)—an ODEP Alliance partner—will co-host a webinar on best practices for disability inclusion in the higher education workplace environment. All professionals involved in higher education recruitment and hiring are invited to attend, and the webinar is approved for one HR general recertification credit hour through the HR Certification Institute. There is no cost to participate, but registration is required.

PEAT Blog Explores the ADA and Accessible Workplace Technology
The ODEP-funded Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) has issued a blog post recapping its recent “PEAT Talk” webinar held in honor of the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The piece offers insights from the event’s featured speaker, legal expert Bobby Silverstein, who addressed how the ADA and related policy developments apply to accessible technology in the workplace.

WISE Webinar — Ticket to Work: Working with a Federal Contractor — August 31, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
The “Ticket to Work: Working with a Federal Contractor” Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar will be held August 31, 3:00-4:30 PM ET. The webinar is for people receiving Social Security disability benefits, and will present information on Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 503 is a regulation that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against people with disabilities and requires these employers to take action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain more people with disabilities. Topics to be covered include Section 503 changes and what they mean for Social Security disability beneficiaries, tips for self-identification during the application and hiring process, and Ticket to Work and work incentives.

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 a year-round initiative across the country. 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. These events produce life changing results for mentees, such as full time employment and internship opportunities. AAPD continues to increase the reach of DMD through growing its network of DMD coordinators. If you or anyone you know may be interested or want additional information on becoming a DMD coordinator, please email AAPD at DMD@aapd.com.