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

Pursuing a Degree While Working, Thanks to Flexible Options — DOL Blog
In an August 29 post on the Department of Labor (DOL) blog, Tiffany Jolliff, program specialist in DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) reflected on her experiences in pursuing her Master’s degree while working full time in ODEP. Jolliff started working at ODEP shortly after beginning her Master’s program in Organization Development and Knowledge Management at George Mason University. DOL’s workplace flexibility policies were the key to her success. Noted Jolliff, “Juggling a new job and a fairly new class schedule could have been a nightmare; however, thanks to the efforts of Labor Secretary Tom Perez, I ended up in one of the best workplaces for working full-time and completing my education.”

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.

PEAT Talk: The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) — September 15, 2:00-2:30 PM ET
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) will hold its next PEAT Talk on September 15, 2:00-2:30 PM. Today, the ability to use ICT technologies is a core element of most jobs, but many applications and websites aren’t accessible to everyone. But what if users could invoke and use the access features they need anywhere, anytime, on any device? The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is a software and service enhancement to our broadband infrastructure designed to make access simpler, more inclusive, available everywhere and more affordable. In this webinar, Raising the Floor’s Gregg Vanderheiden will discuss how and why they are building this new global infrastructure, and the potential it has to impact the employment of people with disabilities.

NCWD/Youth Releases Publications on Financial Capability for Youth
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) has published a new Info Brief for families, “Developing Financial Capability Among Youth: How Families Can Help.” Developing financial capability has been recognized as an important part of preparing youth for the transition to adulthood, including under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Families are one of the most significant influences on young people’s financial knowledge and attitudes. This brief provides families with suggestions and resources on how to talk with youth about money and assist them in learning and practicing financial management skills through their interactions at home. NCWD/Youth has also published a new Info Brief for youth, “Taking Charge of Your Money: An Introduction to Financial Capability.” Developing financial capability — the capacity based on knowledge, skills and access to manage financial resources effectively — is an important part of becoming an adult. This brief provides a starting point for youth to learn about and develop financial capability so that they can make smart decisions about managing money now and in the future.

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its August 31 newsletter, featuring information on Disability Mentoring Day, telecommuting, upcoming web events and more.

LEAD Center Issues Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability
The LEAD Center’s Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability is a monthly update focusing on the intersection of disability, employment and health care policy. The LEAD Center’s Policy Update — Employment, Health Care and Disability provides policymakers, disability service professionals, individuals with disabilities and their families with information about relevant policy developments regarding Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and related topics, with a focus on improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The July/August 2016 update features stories on select state HCBS plan updates, a new CMS report on long-term supports and services (LTSS) expenditures, a Harvard School of Public Health study on the connections between poor workplace accommodations and health outcomes for workers with disabilities and more.

AAPD Seeks Nominations for the 2017 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards
Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. Two individuals will each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases the political and economic power of people with disabilities. The recipients of the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards are honored among national disability leaders each year at the AAPD Leadership Awards Gala in Washington, DC. Nominations are due by 5:00 PM ET on September 30, 2016.

AAPD Now Accepting Applications for Its Summer Internship Program
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Summer Internship Program develops the next generation of leaders with disabilities and offers host employers access to a talented, diverse workforce. Each summer, AAPD places college students, graduate students, law students and recent graduates with all types of disabilities in paid 10-week summer internships in Congressional offices, federal agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. Each intern is matched with a mentor who will assist them with their career goals. AAPD provides the interns with a stipend, transportation to and from Washington, DC and fully-accessible housing. At the beginning of the summer, interns participate in a 1-week orientation session to learn about AAPD as well as the disability rights movement, meet the other interns and participate in a variety of engaging workshops and events. As part of the AAPD network, interns also receive opportunities to attend events on Capitol Hill, conferences, community events, happy hours and more. Applications for the program must be completed by 5:00 PM ET on November 7, 2016.