It’s Not Too Late to Participate! Model Employers Online Dialogue Extended to January 12

There is still time to participate in the “Work Matters: Laying the Groundwork for States as Model Employers” online dialogue hosted by ODEP’s State Exchange on Employment and Disability. Now through January 12, join participants from the disability, service provider, and employer community in contributing ideas to help shape disability employment policies within the states. These contributions will be used to educate state legislators on developing inclusive policies and to expand policy options aimed at enhancing employment opportunities for people with disabilities in state government outlined in the Work Matters report.

An Untapped Talent Pool: The Opportunity in Employing People with Disabilities

The National Governors Association’s Rachael Stephens, Senior Policy Analyst with the NGA Center for Best Practices Economic Opportunity Division, wrote a blog post about the many benefits hiring people with disabilities brings state workforces and economies. Stephens highlights NGA’s participation in ODEP’s State Exchange on Employment and Disability, a collaborative of state-level organizations that works to influence legislation targeted at increasing employment for people with disabilities. She also notes the many state governors who observed National Disability Employment Awareness Month by issuing proclamations or taking other actions in their states to support the issue.

Employee Accommodation Inquiry Letter — JAN Consultants’ Corner

In the latest issue of the Job Accommodation Network’s Consultants’ Corner, Melanie Whetzel, Lead Consultant on JAN’s Cognitive/Neurological Team, outlines steps to help employers respond to requests for accommodations quickly and efficiently when medical documentation is required from the employee. This situation occurs when the employee’s disability is not known or obvious to the employer. Whetzel explains the process of documenting the disability and providing accommodation information to ensure that the interaction runs smoothly.

LEAD On! Quarterly Newsletter

The LEAD Center has released its quarterly e-newsletter LEAD On! This publication highlights news and innovations in employment, policy, and economic advancement for people with disabilities. The December 2017 issue features information on LEAD’s Guided Group Discovery Veterans Pilot, the FDIC’s Alliance for Economic Inclusion, the Financial Integration Team Community of Practice from the National Disability Institute, LEAD Center guest bloggers, and more.

PEAT eNews Now Available

The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology has published its December eNews. Included in this issue is an announcement of PEAT’s new Future of Work podcast series, a video on PEAT resources to help American Job Centers use accessible technologies, upcoming PEAT Talks, and more.