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Reminder! CDE and JAN to Host July 27 Twitter Chat on ADA and Accommodations
Mark your calendar! In recognition of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ODEP’s Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) and Job Accommodation Network (JAN) are hosting a Twitter chat on July 27, 2:00-3:00 PM ET. Titled “#ADA27CDE – Celebrating 27 Years of the ADA: The Role of Accommodations in Workplace Inclusion,” the chat will feature special guest Tracie DeFreitas, a Lead Consultant at JAN. Don’t miss this chance to engage with Tracie and others in an online discussion about the basics of accommodations and the critical role they play in maximizing employee productivity and creating a disability-inclusive workplace culture. To participate in the conversation, please use the hashtag #ADA27CDE.

Guided Group Discovery: Paving the Way to Employment — Archived Webinar
Guided Group Discovery (GGD) is a universal design approach used within workforce development systems to enable youth and adults with disabilities, and others who face barriers to employment, to secure and maintain jobs. This archived webinar from the LEAD Center highlights materials that can be used to implement GGD through cross-system partnerships. Viewers also will hear about the many pilot projects in which GGD has been used, and hear from implementers from the public workforce system, their disability partners, someone who has benefitted from the process, and possible applications for youth and adults with disabilities, veterans and people involved in the justice system who are seeking employment.

Thinking Like an Octopus: A Dispatch from M-Enabling 2017
Reflecting on his participation in the recent M-Enabling Summit, Josh Christianson, project director for the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) posted a blog titled “Thinking Like an Octopus: A Dispatch from M-Enabling 2017.” In the blog he discussed the information and insights that he gathered at the conference, which focused on accessible technologies and environments for older adults and people with disabilities. “Each panel at this year’s event brimmed with passion and new perspectives on creating a culture of accessibility,” noted Christianson, who attended and presented at the conference along with other members of the PEAT staff.

EARN Enhances Section 501 InfoCenter
In recent months, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) has added several new resources to its Section 501 InfoCenter, which helps federal agencies understand the updates to regulations implementing Section 501 announced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in January. Among the resources are three new guides: “Federal Agency Promising and Emerging Practices Facilitating Self-Identification of Disability,” “A Roadmap for Developing Effective Collaborations & Partnerships to Advance the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Sector,” and “Advancing & Retaining Federal Employees with Disabilities—The Case for Centralized Accommodation Programs & Funding.”

Addressing Requests for Sit/Stand Workstations — JAN Consultants’ Corner
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has published a new issue of its “Consultants’ Corner” feature, focusing on sit/stand workstations as a workplace accommodation. The article addresses questions that employers might have about how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) could apply to requests for this type of accommodation, including matters related to the need for medical documentation.