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President Trump Proclaims October 2017 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month
President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation designating October 2017 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The President highlighted the importance of ensuring that every American has the opportunity to contribute their talents to the Nation’s workforce. “Our goal is to help ensure that they experience the independence, economic self-sufficiency, pride, and community that come with a job,” said the President.

Request for Information on Potential Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Demonstration Projects Seeks Public Comments
President Trump’s FY 2018 budget included a proposal for demonstrations to test key elements of several promising programs operated by Washington State for injured and ill workers, with an increased emphasis on access to employment-related supports. Through the recently issued Request for Information on Potential Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work Demonstration Projects, ODEP and its partner, the Social Security Administration, are seeking public input on how this future demonstration project could best be designed to promote labor force attachment, coordinate employment and health services, and support injured and ill workers in returning to and remaining at work. Everyone is encouraged to provide recommendations to help shape this future project.

NDEAM 2017: Inclusion Drives Innovation
In observation of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, posted a blog on the Department of Labor site, reflecting on the NDEAM theme “Inclusion Drives Innovation.” Sheehy noted that many technology innovations were created by and for people with disabilities, including the development of the first email system. “More than ever, job creators today can use resources and technology to include Americans of all abilities and benefit from more innovation,” said Sheehy.

ODEP to Host Online Dialogue on Autonomous Vehicles — October 10 — October 20, 2017
As autonomous vehicle (AV) technology continues its rapid progression to mainstream use, it is important to recognize the potential such technology has for reducing transportation and employment barriers for Americans with disabilities. From October 10 through October 20, ODEP will be hosting an online dialogue with Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) to gather ideas on how AVs can best serve to increase workplace participation for the disability community. Participants are invited to vote on ideas, expand upon them, and brainstorm new ones. ODEP and SAFE will use the results of this dialogue to develop resources and materials to enhance understanding of AV technology and how it can be of use to people with disabilities as they seek stable and long-term employment.

Strategies for Retaining Talent after Injury or Illness Webinar — October 12, 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Taking proactive steps to retain qualified employees is simply smart business. This includes employees who experience injury or illness or acquire disabilities as they age. Hosted by EARN in collaboration with the National Industry Liaison Group, this webinar will explore effective strategies many leading employers, including federal contractors, are using to ensure valued employees can stay at work or return to work following injury or illness, thereby enhancing both corporate continuity and workforce inclusion. Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited.

PEAT Talks: Strategies to Drive Awareness and Engagement at a Large Enterprise — October 19, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
PEAT Talks is a monthly virtual speaker series to showcase organizations and individuals whose work is advancing accessible technology in the workplace. In the October PEAT Talks, Senior Manager of Accessibility Mark Penicook will discuss Capital One’s efforts to integrate accessibility awareness across their internal brand, and to establish enterprise-wide accessibility standards and best practices.