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Guided Group Discovery Materials Released by ODEP and the LEAD Center
Guided Group Discovery lays the foundation for competitive integrated employment as a Universal Design that can benefit all job seekers. For some people, Guided Group Discovery leads to Customized Employment. For everyone, the process assists job seekers in identifying employment that would be a good fit both for them and an employer. ODEP and the LEAD Center have released resources for Guided Group Discovery, including a Facilitator Manual, an accompanying PowerPoint slide deck (Introduction and Course), and a Participant Workbook.

ODEP Refreshes Its Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Web Pages
ODEP has updated the Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work (SAW/RTW) pages on its agency website. The new pages provide detailed background information on SAW/RTW issues, including ODEP’s latest research and publications on the topic. They also feature links to the Fiscal Year 2018 budget requests for the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration proposing a new SAW/RTW state demonstration project.

SHRM’s HR Magazine Highlights the Job Accommodation Network
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) was recently featured in the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) HR Magazine. An article titled “How and Why You Can Create Reasonable Accommodations” gave an overview of a session that JAN provided at the SHRM 2017 Annual Conference and Exposition. The training focused on the importance of the reasonable accommodation process in creating an inclusive workplace.

SEED Kicks Off Western States Collaborative
ODEP’s State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED) kicked off the Western States Disability Employment Policy Collaborative in Denver, Colorado, last week. Led by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and in collaboration with other SEED partners, including the Council of State Governments (CSG), legislative representatives from Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota came together to explore and consider policy options highlighted in “Work Matters: A Framework for States on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities.” Workshop participants shared their perspectives on state and regional policy priorities, and outcomes from the workshop will serve to inform SEED efforts in providing direct policy-development assistance at the state level to address employment barriers for people with disabilities.

Latest EARN Newsletter Now Available
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has issued its June 14 newsletter. It highlights EARN’s visit to South Dakota, PTSD Awareness Month, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) newsletter, upcoming web events and more.