ODEP to Host Online Dialogue on Stay at Work/Return to Work — June 26 – July 7
Promoting timely and effective stay-at-work (SAW) and return-to-work (RTW) services and supports for workers with injuries or illness that disengage them temporarily from the workforce is one of many issues that are being addressed by ODEP through its Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) Policy Collaborative. From June 26 through July 7, ODEP will be hosting an online dialogue to get ideas for how the SAW/RTW Policy Collaborative can reach the appropriate audiences for its policy products, including what dissemination strategies it should use and how to package the information in a way that is useful, appealing, and above all, motivating. This dialogue will also contribute to development of a strategic outreach plan for dissemination of policy products developed through this ODEP initiative.

Join ODEP’s @ePolicyWorks for a Twitter Chat on Engaging Citizens for Effective Policymaking — June 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
To encourage two-way communication between federal agencies and citizens, ODEP’s ePolicyWorks invites you to participate in a Twitter chat, #EPWEngage: Engaging Citizens for Effective Policymaking,” on June 27, 1:00-2:00 PM ET. This interactive conversation will feature special guest Bernetta Reese, Digital Manager at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who will discuss citizen engagement and its role in effective policymaking. Through this event, ePolicyWorks is seeking to gather insights on best practices and ideas for engaging citizens in the policy decision-making process to improve government services and user experience, and will draw upon lessons learned in citizen engagement from the ePolicyWorks’ online dialogues. Participants can join this real-time Twitter conversation by following and tagging their posts with the hashtag #EPWEngage.

Campaign for Disability Employment to Join SSA Ticket to Work Twitter Chat — June 29, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
The ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is teaming up with the Social Security Administration (SSA) Ticket to Work program on its next Twitter chat. Scheduled for June 29, 1:00-2:00 PM ET, the chat will explore tips and resources to help people with disabilities find job training and employment support. To participate in the chat, please log on to Twitter and use #DEChat.

“Getting to Work” Curriculum Offers Employment Resources for HIV/AIDS Service Providers
The “Getting to Work” curriculum for HIV/AIDS housing and service providers was the subject of a recent blog, “Free Training for Community-based Service Providers on Engaging People Living with HIV in Employment Services,” by Aisha Muhammad of the Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Getting to Work” was developed by OHH in collaboration with ODEP, and highlights the benefits of employment for people with HIV and AIDS. “Our hope is for every HIV/AIDS housing and service provider to answer the call of the changing HIV/AIDS population and utilize every tool at their disposal to enhance programming by including an appropriate level of employment services,” noted Muhammad.

Free Curriculum Helps Young Workers Strengthen “Soft” Skills
ODEP offers free career development materials designed to sharpen the interpersonal, or “soft,” skills of young workers. In fact, these products – part of a series called “Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success” — are among ODEP’s most requested resources. The “Skills to Pay the Bills” suite of materials includes a classroom-style curriculum and a set of videos with an accompanying discussion guide. Both resources can help young people, with and without disabilities, develop the critical attributes necessary for career success — such as communication, networking, enthusiasm and a positive attitude, teamwork, problem-solving skills, critical thinking and professionalism.

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