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Fielding a Full Team in Rio — Secretary of Labor’s Blog
In a September 7 post on the Department of Labor blog, Labor Secretary Tom Perez looked forward to the start of the Paralympics in Rio, which will run from September 7-18, 2016. Reflecting on the part that sports has played in his life and the lives of his children, Perez noted that competing on the field, including in the Paralympic arena, helps people prepare for success in the workplace. “People with disabilities are some of our most valuable players,” remarked Perez. “Employers are always looking for people who are forward-thinking, ready for a challenge, and bring fresh perspectives to the table. All of those qualities are part of everyday life for people with disabilities.”

Hiring America Features Deputy Assistant Secretary Sheehy
Hiring America is a nationally syndicated television series designed to help veterans leaving the military prepare for new careers. At the Society for Human Resource Management annual conference last June, Hiring America interviewed Office of Disability Employment Policy Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy about ODEP’s resources for employment of people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities. “It isn’t just about creating a job for a person, it’s about including people with disabilities in the whole employment culture,” observed Sheehy.

Seamless Transition from School to Competitive Integrated Employment — State Examples from Michigan and Utah — EFSLMP Webinar — September 14, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
On September 14, 3:00-4:30 PM ET, the Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) will be hosting a Community of Practice (CoP) webinar on seamless transition from school to competitive integrated employment. Speakers Yasmina Bouraoui, MPH, DrPH, Deputy Director, Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council; Katie Knapp-Wyman, Transition Coordinator for Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District and COOR Intermediate School District; Susan Loving, Transition Specialist, Utah State Board of Education; Aimee Langone, MEd., CRC, LVRC, Transition & Supported Employment, Utah State Office of Rehabilitation; and Tricia Jones-Parkin, MMPA, Employment First Program Administrator, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, will explain how they developed seamless transition plans by closely collaborating with many state partners.

Section 508 Interagency Accessibility Forum — October 11, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM ET
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies are sponsoring a free conference focused on Section 508 Technology Accessibility and Inclusion. The Accessibility Forum is open to federal employees and contractors who want to learn more about accessibility. The Forum will explore the impact of accessibility and look into the future of accessibility through plenary sessions, and participants will be able to select workshops that meet their experience level and interests. Exhibitors will provide hands-on opportunities to learn about new tools and resources. Participants will have a chance to share best practices, learn about new technologies, and network with other federal employees to broaden the dialogue concerning Section 508 implementation. Interpreters and captioning will be provided. All videos will be captioned and described. Materials will be available in accessible formats. The Forum will be held October 11, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM ET at the Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

FCC Announces Anticipated Renewal of Its Disability Advisory Committee and Solicits Applications for Membership
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced the anticipated renewal of its Disability Advisory Committee and is soliciting applications for membership on the Committee, subject to renewal of the Committee’s charter. The Committee provides a vehicle for consumers and other stakeholders to provide feedback and recommendations to the FCC on a wide array of disability issues within its jurisdiction. The FCC is seeking applications from interested consumer organizations, industry and trade associations, corporations, governmental entities, and individuals that wish to be considered for membership on the Committee. Selections will be made on the basis of factors such as expertise and diversity of viewpoints that are necessary to effectively address the questions before the Committee. It is expected that the two-year membership term on the Committee, if renewed, would commence on December 30, 2016. Applications for membership are due by 11:59 PM ET on October 14, 2016.