ODEP Announces National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme — “Inclusion Drives Innovation”
“Americans of all abilities must have access to good, safe jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. “Smart employers know that including different perspectives in problem-solving situations leads to better solutions. Hiring employees with diverse abilities strengthens their business, increases competition, and drives innovation.”

The 2017 NDEAM poster will be coming soon!

PEAT Talks: Making Tech Fields Accessible — August 17, 2-3 PM ET
PEAT Talks, hosted by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), is a monthly virtual speaker series to showcase organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in the workplace. In the August PEAT Talks, EvoXLabs founder Ather Sharif will discuss his experiences in making tech-focused workplaces more inclusive, from building technology solutions to how and why EvoXLabs developed a partnership with Access Computing at the University of Washington that connects students with disabilities with mentors and internships in tech.

EARN & HERC to Host “Creating Inclusive Higher Education Work Environments for People with Mental Health Disabilities” — September 14, 1-2 PM ET
In higher education, as in all industries, workplace policies and practices that support employment success for people with mental health conditions are also sound management practices that benefit all workers and employers. To explore this issue in depth, the ODEP-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) and the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), an ODEP Alliance partner, will host a free webinar on September 14, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. ET. While this webinar is geared toward the higher education environment, much of the information that will be shared is applicable to any industry, and all interested employers are encouraged to participate.

NCWD/Youth Highlights YouthACT Teams
The Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT) is a national initiative to get more youth with disabilities and their allies involved as leaders who partner with adults and organizations to improve opportunities for youth to succeed in life. Led by ODEP’s National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), YouthACT aims to increase positive youth-adult partnerships where young people and adults work together, share power, and support and learn from each other to build stronger communities. NCWD/Youth has posted profiles of seven YouthACT teams from around the country.

JAN Releases Quarterly E-News
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has released its quarterly E-News, designed to inform readers about low-cost and innovative accommodation approaches; the latest trends in assistive technologies; announcements of upcoming JAN presentations, media events, trainings and webcasts; and legislative and policy updates promoting the employment success of people with disabilities. Featured articles include “Service Dog Breed Exclusions and the ADA,” “Postpartum Depression,” “What Does Reasonable Mean? – A Deconstructive Series for ADA Terminology,” and more.