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April 15, 2015

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Monthly nTide Report Shows Continued Positive Trend in Disability Employment
The most recent National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report showed that, as the overall economy continued to grow, so did the number of Americans with disabilities contributing to it through employment. Issued since March 2013, the monthly nTIDE report is coordinated by the Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability and based on the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report.

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The Arc Releases New Public Service Announcement
The Arc of the United States recently released a new public service announcement (PSA) illustrating the potential for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. Among the experiences they should expect? “Rewarding jobs.” The Arc is the largest national support and advocacy organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and can be a resource for employers seeking to hire them.

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How Employees with Autism Can Benefit Your Bottom Line
April is Autism Awareness Month. In recognition of this year’s theme, “The Autism Advantage,” the U.N. General Assembly launched an employment “Call to Action,” inviting businesses to commit to hiring people with autism and other developmental disabilities. A recent Huffington Post blog post explored the advantages of doing so to not only society, but also the bottom line.

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Tips for Being “On the Alert for Accommodation”
A recent Human Resource Executive article explored what constitutes the interactive process relative to reasonable accommodations, noting that there may be situations when employees do not need to fill in forms or provide other written documentation. The article is based on guidance provided by former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission attorney and current Transportation Security Administration Civil Rights Director Jo Linda Johnson during a recent Job Accommodation Network webinar.

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FDWC News Hour Webinar: Inclusion Across the Employment Lifecycle: The Role of Centralized Accommodation Funds

April 15, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST WEBINAR
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The second Federal Disability Workforce Consortium (FDWC) News Hour webinar of 2015 will take place today from 2:00-3:30 pm EST. This webinar will address how centralized accommodation funds (CAFs) promote success for federal employees with disabilities across the employment lifecycle by helping to eliminate misconceptions and foster an environment in which they feel “safe” asking for the accommodations they need to optimize their productivity. Participants will learn what CAFs are, how they help promote disability disclosure, and the steps federal agencies can take to establish or enhance them.

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JAN Twitter Chat

April 21, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST TWITTER CHAT

This Twitter chat, hosted by the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), will focus on personal assistants as workplace accommodations, including job coaches, personal attendants, job assistants, interpreters, readers and service animals. Issues addressed will include what personal assistants do, common legal issues, and real-life situations and solutions. Members of the public, including employers, are encouraged to participate by tweeting using the hashtag #eyeonJAN. Like the Employer TA Center/EARN, JAN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Learn more about JAN.

Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education

April 23, 2015, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST WEBINAR

Featuring speakers John Kemp, Esq., President and CEO of The Viscardi Center and Dr. Beth Loy, Principal Consultant at the Job Accommodation Network, this webinar will address accommodations for employees with mental health disabilities in the higher education setting. It is being sponsored by the Employer TA Center/EARN in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium as part of its alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and is approved for one HR General recertification credit hour through the HR Certification Institute.

Register for Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education.

Disability and Employment: Research, Policy and Practice

April 28, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST WEBINAR

This webinar will address two projects currently being conducted by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment Policy and Measurement at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability: 1) Distribution of the Returns to Education for People with Early Onset Disabilities, and 2) Design of the National Employment Survey on the Status of Americans with Disabilities for the Kessler Foundation. Presenters include Drs. Andrew J. Houtenville, Vidya Sundar and Debra Brucker. Participants must register by April 24 at noon.

Register for Disability and Employment: Research, Policy and Practice.

Cultivating Talent for Tomorrow: The Value of Interns with Disabilities

April 29, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST WEBINAR

Internships can help employers evaluate potential future employees. Moreover, by targeting specific populations—such as people with disabilities—they can advance workforce diversity goals, including those related to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. This Employer TA Center webinar will address these benefits and how employers can use the Workforce Recruitment Program to source qualified interns with disabilities. Please note that this webinar was rescheduled from the originally planned date of March 26; people who registered for that webinar do not need to register again.

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Assessing the Accessibility of Your Workplace Technology—A TechCheck Walkthrough

April 29, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST WEBINAR

This webinar will walk participants through the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology’s (PEAT) TechCheck, a free, interactive tool employers can use to self-assess their workplace accessibility efforts and identify tools to assist in making improvements. It will be presented by PEAT’s Jim Tobias, an expert with more than 30 years’ experience working to improve the accessibility and usability of technologies. Like the Employer TA Center, PEAT is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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Employer Spotlight

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Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a pilot program to proactively hire people with autism at its Redmond, Washington headquarters. In a recent blog post, Mary Ellen Smith, Corporate Vice President for Worldwide Operations, shared her thoughts about the program from both a personal perspective—as a parent of a young adult with autism—and a professional one. “Microsoft is stronger when we expand opportunity and we have a diverse workforce that represents our customers,” she said. “People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft, each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code.”

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Tips for Recruiting

Tips for Recruiting

Some employers, especially small business employers, may have limited experience recruiting candidates with disabilities and concerns about doing or saying the right thing. But they need not worry; good practices for hiring people with disabilities are the same as for hiring all employees—the focus should be on the fit between the position and the candidate’s qualifications. This fact sheet provides helpful guidance for employers who want to learn more about hiring people with disabilities, including how to respond to possible pre-employment accommodation requests.

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The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org

 

Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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April 3rd, 2015 by

At a recent summit of employers and disability inclusion leaders, the White House released Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining and Promoting People with Disabilities: A Resource Guide For Employers. Targeted at businesses of all sizes, the publication addresses leading disability inclusion practices in four key areas: 1) hiring (including strategies for recruiting youth and veterans with disabilities); 2) retention and promotion; 3) providing reasonable accommodations; and 4) understanding responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other related regulations.  The resource was developed under the Curb Cuts to the Middle Class initiative, a federal cross-agency effort to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for individuals with disabilities.

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April 3, 2015

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NCSL Develops Brief on State Disability Employment Policies
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)—a partner of the Employer TA Center—recently drafted and disseminated a brief outlining policies states can use to encourage and support the hiring, retention and promotion of people with disabilities. The publication identifies states that have successfully implemented such policies and is part of the Employer TA Center’s collaborative efforts to encourage states to become model employers of individuals with disabilities.

Read the NCSL brief.

Blog Explores the Merits of Disability Inclusion
In a recent Huffington Post blog post, author and Olympian Bonnie St. John interviewed diversity expert Deb Dagit on efforts to deepen disability inclusion in the workplace. The piece covered a range of topics, including the importance of Business Resource Groups (BRGs) for people with disabilities, and eight things BRGs can do to make employees with disabilities feel more welcome and included. Dagit, who spent 11 years as Chief Diversity Officer of Merck, is a leading expert on disability and diversity issues in the workplace.

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EEOC Seeks Public Input on Regulatory Review Process
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission—which enforces federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including on the basis of disability—is seeking public input on its ongoing review of existing regulations being conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13563, “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.” The EEOC invites members of the public to provide feedback on several key questions, as well as any other retrospective regulatory review matters within the EEOC’s jurisdiction. Comments may be submitted through April 20, 2015.

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CAP Offers Disability Etiquette Training
The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program, a service of the U.S. Department of Defense, has released a six-part disability etiquette training series. The free online trainings provide tips and guidance to help viewers effectively communicate and interact with individuals who have varying disabilities. Modules take less than 30 minutes to complete and are equally beneficial to personnel in both military and civilian workplaces. Participants are provided a certificate upon completion of each module.

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Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education

April 23, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST WEBINAR

This webinar will address accommodations for employees with mental health disabilities in the higher education setting. It is being coordinated by the Employer TA Center in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium as part of its alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Speakers include John Kemp, Esq., President and CEO of The Viscardi Center and Dr. Beth Loy, Principal Consultant at the Job Accommodation Network. This event is approved for one HR General recertification credit hour through the HR Certification Institute.

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Cultivating Talent for Tomorrow: The Value of Interns with Disabilities (Rescheduled!)

April 29, 2015, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. EST WEBINAR

Internships offer an easy and effective way to evaluate potential employees and cultivate a pipeline of talent for the future. Moreover, by targeting specific populations—such as people with disabilities—they can advance workforce diversity goals, including those related to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. This Employer TA Center webinar will address these benefits and how employers can use the Workforce Recruitment Program to source qualified interns with disabilities.

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Employer Spotlight

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Partners HealthCare

Partners HealthCare in Massachusetts is reaping the benefits of its Working Partners program, a first of its kind public/private partnership that trains and connects qualified persons with disabilities to health care jobs within the Partners network. “It always helps us as health care providers to have a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. It allows us to have a richer understanding of each other and also maximize the talents we bring to caring for our patients,” says Oz Mondejar, Senior Vice President of Mission and Advocacy.

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Professional Development & Advancement of Employees with Disabilities

Professional Development & Advancement of Employees with Disabilities

As the workforce evolves, so too must employer strategies to retain and advance top talent. This research-to-practice brief from the Employer TA Center discusses key workforce trends and common workplace barriers, and provides recommendations for fully incorporating employees with disabilities into career development and advancement programs.

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The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org

 

Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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March 18, 2015

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Viscardi Center CEO Shares Strategies for Making the Corporate Ladder More Accessible
In a recent Disability.gov guest blog post, John Kemp, President and CEO of the The Viscardi Center, posed the question of why, 25 years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are not more people with disabilities in C-suite positions and shared resources employers can use to help more climb the corporate ladder, or “ramp.” “There is more untapped, educated talent out there than ever before. Embrace it,” Kemp said.

Read the blog post.

New Disability Awareness Employee Education Materials Available
The Campaign for Disability Employment recently released a new suite of materials that employers can use to express a commitment to disability inclusion. The materials, which include a discussion guide and posters, all center around the “Who I Am” public service announcement, which features nine diverse people with disabilities, among them actor RJ Mitte, best known for his roles in the hit television series “Breaking Bad” and “Switched at Birth.”

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Monthly Report Shows Positive Trajectory in Employment of People with Disabilities
The March National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report showed that, as the overall economy grew for the fifth consecutive month, so did the number of Americans with disabilities contributing to it. Issued since March 2013, the monthly nTIDE report is coordinated by the Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability and based on the monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report.

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Conference Highlights Accessible Workplace Technology
Earlier this month, thousands of employers, technology providers and people with disabilities converged at the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference sponsored annually by California State University, Northridge—the nation’s premier event focused on accessible technology. This year’s conference featured an Employment and Workplace track as well as an exhibit hall brimming with innovative products for use at both work and play.

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Brain Injury Awareness Month
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, and an opportune time to learn about workplace accommodation ideas for employees who may have brain injuries, including veterans who may have traumatic brain injuries sustained in combat. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers a wealth of information on the topic. Like the Employer TA Center, JAN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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Employment After Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

March 25, 3:00 – 4:20 P.M. EST WEBCAST

Hosted by the Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the American Institutes for Research, this webcast will explore research and policy related to return to work following TBI. Speakers include Dr. Jeffrey S. Kreutzer from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia; Alyssa Bonser, a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Maryland; and Maria Crowley, State Head Injury Coordinator for the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services.

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Cultivating Talent for Tomorrow: The Value of Interns with Disabilities!

March 26, 2:00-3:30 P.M. EST Webinar

Internships offer an easy and effective way to evaluate potential employees and cultivate a pipeline of talent for the future. Moreover, by targeting specific populations—such as people with disabilities—they can advance workforce diversity goals, including those related to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. This Employer TA Center webinar will address these benefits and how employers can use the Workforce Recruitment Program to source qualified interns with disabilities.

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Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Disabilities in Higher Education

April 23, 1:00 – 2:00pm EST Webcast

This webinar will address accommodations for employees with mental health disabilities in the higher education setting. It is being coordinated by the Employer TA Center in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium as part of its alliance with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Speakers include John Kemp, Esq., President and CEO of The Viscardi Center, and Dr. Beth Loy, Principal Consultant at the Job Accommodation Network.

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Employer Spotlight

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Through a partnership with the Starbucks Inclusion Academy, Starbucks has launched an on-the-job training program for people with cognitive and physical disabilities at its Carson Valley Roasting Plant and Distribution Center in Nevada. “The program has opened a lot of eyes,” said Todd McCullough, senior operations manager at the facility. “Supervisors and partners look past disabilities and realize we all have different abilities in the workplace.”

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Small Business Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet

Opening the Doors of Small Business to People with Disabilities

When it comes to ensuring a disability-inclusive workplace, not all businesses, especially small businesses, may know where to start. Reading EARN’s Small Business Disability Inclusion Fact Sheet is a great first step. It outlines a range of free resources available to assist small businesses in not only finding qualified people with disabilities but also ensuring their success once on board. It also provides information about various tax incentives for which businesses that hire people with disabilities may be eligible.

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The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It is a service of the National Employer Policy, Research and Technical Assistance Center for Employers on the Employment of People with Disabilities (Employer TA Center), which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center. For more information, visit AskEARN.org

 

Preparation of this material was funded by the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, Grant No. [OD-26451-14-75-4-36]. This document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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