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Presidential Proclamation — National Disability Employment Awareness Month
President Obama has signed a proclamation declaring October 2016 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The proclamation acknowledges the disparities in the employment rate for people with disabilities and the discrimination that they face in finding work. It also celebrates the strides that have been made, particularly in federal employment and the federal contractor workforce, as well as through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. “This month, let us continue striving to forge a future where workplaces are more inclusive and where employees are more accepted for who they are,” said the President. “And because we know that our country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, let us keep working to ensure no one is left behind or unable to pursue their dreams because of a disability.”

PEAT Talks: Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month — October 20, 2:00-2:30 PM ET
Please join Maria Town, Senior Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Engagement, for a celebratory webinar in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Learn more about the important work that the current administration has done to promote the use of accessible information and communication technology (ICT) in workplaces nationwide, and find out how you can carry forward the value of disability inclusion in your workplace year-round.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Posters Appear in Washington, DC Metro Stations
The 2016 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) posters are showing up at various Metro stations throughout the Washington, DC area. You can find them at the Archives, Capitol Heights, Cheverly, Eisenhower Avenue, and Judiciary Square stations. If you spy one, take a photo and tweet it using the hashtag #InclusionWorks!

Inclusion Works for Business
“We at the U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) are proud to provide a forum where businesses unite to learn and share leading trends, innovations and breakthroughs that will influence and redefine the future of disability inclusion across the enterprise,” said Jill Houghton, USBLN President and CEO, in an October 6 post on the U.S. Department of Labor’s blog. Houghton described the USBLN’s business-to-business approach and reflected on its recent successful annual conference, at which she signed a renewal of its ongoing alliance with the Office of Disability Employment Policy. “We count ODEP as a valued partner, because our missions are clearly aligned. We both know that #InclusionWorks,” noted Houghton, referring to the 2016 National Disability Employment Awareness Month theme.

Campaign for Disability Employment to Host Twitter Chat Featuring Baseball’s Curtis Pride — October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Just in time for playoff season, ODEP’s Campaign for Disability Employment and the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) are hosting a Twitter chat on October 18, 1:00-2:00 PM ET. The chat will feature special guest Curtis Pride — former Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder, current Gallaudet University Head Baseball Coach and MLB Ambassador for Inclusion — and will be held in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Titled “#InclusionWorks: Fielding a Full Team in the Workplace,” the chat will provide a forum to discuss what people with disabilities CAN do to knock their career goals out of the park — and how employers can step up to the plate to ensure a fully inclusive team in their workplaces. To participate in this important Twitter conversation, please use the hashtag #InclusionWorks.

EFSLMP Webinar: HCBS Rule Implementation and Employment First State Initiatives — October 12, 3:00-4:30 PM ET
Join us for the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) Community of Practice webinar on October 12, 3:00-4:30 PM ET for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rule Implementation and Employment First State Initiatives. Dr. Serena Lowe, Senior Policy Adviser to the Administration for Community Living (ACL), will clarify the implications of key HCBS requirements on settings providing employment supports and discuss strategies to build the capacity of non-disability specific settings for HCBS beneficiaries to receive both residential and non-residential supports. Dr. Lowe will also share examples of how states are leveraging other partners (DD networks, mental health systems, advocates, etc.) to help implement key aspects of the rule.

JAN is here for YOU!
Want to learn more about workplace solutions for individuals with disabilities? The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), a free service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, is the national resource that can provide you with confidential, expert, and accurate technical assistance about job accommodations and employment laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Rehabilitation Act. Employers, individuals, service providers, and others can use JAN at no cost! Learn more about how JAN can help you increase the productivity of your workplace using low-cost, practical solutions to accommodation situations.

LEAD Center 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 September 2016 update features stories on select state HCBS plan updates, new DOJ regulations clarifying the definition of disability under the ADA, a new nTIDE report from Research on Disability showing rising disability employment trends, and more.

LEAD On! Newsletter — September 2016
A new issue of LEAD On!, the LEAD Center’s quarterly e-newsletter, is now available. LEAD On! highlights news and innovations in employment, policy, and economic advancement for people with disabilities. Articles in this edition of LEAD On! focus on the WIOA Advisory Committee’s final report, LEAD Center resources on the WIOA final rules, a new DOLETA Training & Employment Notice (TEN) on a toolkit for CILs & AJCs, and more.

National Council on Disability Releases National Disability Policy: A Progress Report – October 2016
Advancements in technology have the potential to transform society and make it more responsive to people with disabilities. The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a report on information and communication technology (ICT) as well as assistive technology (AT) and calls for a Technology Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities to clarify how existing federal legislation applies to both. As stated in the introduction to the report, “Making technology accessible to people with disabilities will not only make our society more inclusive but will also serve to maximize the potential ability of a powerful but often excluded population to contribute to society.”