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Dialogue to Make #InclusionWork — October 11-21
In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology is holding on online dialogue: “Making It Happen: Increasing Awareness of Accessible Workplace Technology,” focused on raising awareness about accessible workplace technology issues and making positive changes. U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Secretary Chris Lu posted a blog about the dialogue, which is open to the general public October 11-21. “Your creative thoughts and contributions will help us prioritize next steps related to accessible workplace technology,” noted Lu. “This October, NDEAM reminds us why #InclusionWorks, and with your input, we can build a future where technology ensures that everyone can put their skills and talents to work.”

Job Accommodation Network Releases Workplace Accommodation Toolkit
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has developed an online tool to help businesses successfully recruit, hire and retain applicants and employees with disabilities. The newest addition to JAN’s suite of products, the Workplace Accommodation Toolkit includes sample accommodation procedures, examples of policies and forms from leading U.S. businesses, training presentations, roleplay videos, and best practices for creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities. The Toolkit provides inclusive practices at various phases of the employment life cycle for hiring managers and supervisors, human resource professionals, accommodation consultants, and allies of employees with disabilities.

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.

NIDILRR to Host Listening Sessions for Stakeholders
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) will be hosting a number of listening sessions across the country to help inform future funding priorities and strategic direction. Mandated by Congress to develop a Long Range Plan every five years, the agency aims to continue to be responsive to the needs of key stakeholders — especially people living with disabilities. You can attend in person, listen by phone or provide comments by email. The listening sessions will be held from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM local time, in the following locations: Denver, CO on October 14; San Francisco, CA on October 28; Chicago, IL on November 1; Boston, MA on November 18; and Dallas, TX on December 5.

Interagency Committee on Disability Research Seeks Comments on Draft Government Wide Strategic Plan
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) requires the Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) to develop a comprehensive government wide strategic plan. The ICDR invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on the Draft Government Wide Strategic Plan for FY 2017-2020. Written comments must be received on the plan before October 26, 2016.