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February 4, 2016

What’s New

Policy Brief Addresses Employer Perspectives on Customized Employment
A new information brief published by the LEAD Center summarizes the results of six focus groups held to gather insight on the perspectives of employers who had hired individuals with disabilities into customized jobs in the past year. In the context of employment, “customized” means personalizing the relationship between a job candidate and employer in a way that meets the needs of both. The focus groups were conducted under the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Read the Information Brief.

Downton Abbey: A Disability Inclusive Workplace?
Calling all Downton Abbey fans! In a recent post on the U.S. Department of Labor blog, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor Jennifer Sheehy explored how the show’s family patriarch, Lord Grantham, has on several occasions shown strong support for employees with disabilities at his fictional English country estate. “While his character typically longs for the past, on this issue he’s very forward thinking − and I believe today’s employers can learn from his actions,” she says. In the post, Sheehy also shares opinions about the show’s shortcomings in portrayal of disability overall.

Read the blog post.

Veterans with Disabilities in the Workplace Focus Groups
The Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability seeks to understand the challenges experienced by veterans with disabilities as they transition from serving in the military to the civilian workplace and community. To gather insight and determine solutions to these challenges, it will be convening focus groups of veterans with disabilities, family members and employers with grant support from the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The upcoming meetings will take place on March 10, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information about participation, contact Judy Young.

Event and Live Webcast: Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The Annual Compendium of Disability Statistics and Report on Disability is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies. The latest version will be officially released during an event on February 4, 2016 at The Washington Center in Washington, D.C. For people unable to attend in person, the event can be viewed live via webcast and will also be archived. In addition to a briefing and overview of the new and expanded tool, the agenda will feature a panel discussion and several notable speakers. It runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

Learn more about the event.

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Creating Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes for Employment

February 11, 2016, 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. ET WEBCAST

This webcast, hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities (VCU-RRTC), will provide information on simple assistive technology solutions that can help people with disabilities achieve successful employment outcomes and maximize productivity on the job. The speaker is Dr. Therese Willkomm, Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program.

Register for the VCU-RRTC webcast.

Successfully Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce

February 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET WEBCAST

This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will go over real-life accommodation scenarios from the federal sector in recent years, providing practical tips for implementing successful solutions. It is the second in a series of three monthly federal webcasts being hosted by JAN this winter. Presenters include JAN Principal Consultants Linda Carter Batiste and Beth Loy. Participation is free but registration is required, so reserve your spot today.

Register for the JAN webcast.

Do Ask, Do Tell: Tapping the Power of Disability Diversity & Encouraging Self-Identification

February 18, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET WEBINAR

In 2014, updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act strengthened federal contractors’ responsibilities to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. One major component of these updates is a requirement that federal contractors invite applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify. This webinar will address strategies for achieving disability inclusion goals under Section 503 or a voluntarily adopted program by helping employees with disabilities understand the value of doing so. It is approved for 1.5 HR general recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute.

Register for the EARN webinar.

Employer Spotlight

Starbucks

Starbucks

A video featuring a 17-year-old Starbucks employee named Sam, who has autism, dancing while working recently went viral after being shared by author and autism advocate Carley Fleischmann. According to Fleischmann, Sam originally believed he would not be able to work as a barista, but his manager, Chris Ali, worked with him to create a dance routine to carry out the steps of completing an order. In helping Sam become the “dancing barista,” Ali helped demonstrate Starbucks’ stated commitment to disability inclusion.

Learn more about Sam and Starbucks..

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Effective Employment Practices: Return-to-Work/Stay-at-Work Strategies

Effective Employment Practices: Return-to-Work/Stay-at-Work Strategies

When employees unexpectedly sustain an injury or disability, they may find themselves temporarily unable to work in their typical capacity. By using some simple strategies to modify an employee’s work environment, duties or schedule, employers can support their employees in staying at work or returning to work following the onset of illness or disability, even aiding in the recovery process along the way.

Read more about return-to-work/stay-at-work strategies.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It 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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January 20th, 2016 by

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January 20, 2016

What’s New

Disability Employment Tracker
Open enrollment for year three of the Disability Employment Tracker™ is now underway. Sponsored by the National Organization on Disability (NOD), this tool provides companies a confidential assessment of their disability and veteran employment policies and practices, providing tailored reports in four areas. Completion of the Tracker is required to be considered for DiversityInc’s annual list of Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities, and this year, for the first time, top scorers have the opportunity to earn an NOD Disability Employer Seal of Approval.

Learn more about the Disability Employment Tracker.

Schedule A: A Fast Track to Federal Disability Inclusion
A new “rack card” released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) this week provides a high-level overview of Schedule A, an excepted service hiring authority available to federal agencies to hire and/or to promote people with disabilities without competition, thus bypassing the often prolonged traditional hiring process. ODEP produced the rack card in cooperation with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Office of Personnel Management as part of ongoing efforts to assist federal agencies in meeting their disability inclusion goals.

Access the Schedule A rack card.

Addressing Disability Employment in the First State
Earlier this month, Delaware Governor Jack Markell used his weekly video address to focus on the need to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities – a topic he also championed during his tenure as chair of the National Governors Association a few years ago. During his recorded message, he issued a clear call to action to all businesses to recruit and retrain people with disabilities as a means of promoting economic growth and social change, saying “Reaching our potential as a state requires that we tap into the abilities of all of our people.”

View Governor Markell’s weekly video address.

Help for Employers from Disability.gov
Are you an employer looking to hire qualified workers with disabilities? Disability.gov’s “Guide to Employment” can help, providing information about where to find job candidates with disabilities, what accommodations are and where to get assistance with them, and how to foster an inclusive workplace culture. The guide also includes information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and types of questions employers can and cannot ask a job candidate about their disability during the application and interview process.

Visit Disability.gov’s Guide to Employment.

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Disability Employment Tracker

January 21 or 27, 2016, 1:00-1:30 p.m. ET WEBINAR

In the coming weeks, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) will be hosting two free 30-minute webinars for employers to learn how to confidentially assess and enhance their company’s disability and veterans hiring and inclusion initiatives using the free Disability Employment Tracker™ tool. Now in its third year, this tool was developed by NOD in collaboration with the National Business and Disability Council at The Viscardi Center.

Register for one of the NOD webinars.

Successfully Accommodating Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Workforce

February 17, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET WEBCAST

This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will go over real-life accommodation scenarios from the federal sector in recent years, providing practical tips for implementing successful solutions. It is the second in a series of three monthly federal webcasts being hosted by JAN this winter. Presenters include JAN Principal Consultants Linda Carter Batiste and Beth Loy. Participation is free but registration is required, so reserve your spot today.

Register for the JAN webinar.

Do Ask, Do Tell: Tapping the Power of Disability Diversity & Encouraging Self-Identification

February 18, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET WEBINAR

In 2014, updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act strengthened federal contractors’ responsibilities to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities. One major component of these updates is a requirement that federal contractors invite applicants and employees to voluntarily self-identify. This webinar will address strategies for achieving disability inclusion goals under Section 503 or a voluntarily adopted program by helping employees with disabilities understand the value of doing so.

Register for the webinar.

Employer Spotlight

Power Café

Power Café

The newly opened Power Café in Watertown, MA, started as the brainchild of Galit Schwartz, a former software engineer and schoolteacher who noticed a limited number of employment opportunities available for people with disabilities. Through a partnership with Triangle, a Massachussetts-based disability organization, Schwartz developed methods to teach employees with disabilities through food-prep instructions and step-by-step lists. The café now provides full-time work as well as internships for people with disabilities.

Learn more about the Power Café.

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Effective Employment Practices: Workplace Flexibility/Customizing the Work Relationship

Effective Employment Practices: Workplace Flexibility/Customizing the Work Relationship

To maintain a thriving workplace in today’s economy, it is important for employers to consider how best to meet employees’ diverse needs. A key strategy for doing so is workplace flexibility, which can be implemented in many ways. For some employees, it may mean an alternative work schedule, while for others, it may mean telecommuting. Regardless, research shows that instituting such flexible work arrangements benefits employees and employers alike.

Read more about workplace flexibility/customizing the work relationship.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It 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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January 11th, 2016 by

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January 11, 2016

What’s New

Research from the UK Highlights Benefits of Accommodations and Inclusive Culture
New research from across the pond cites workplace accommodations – also called adjustments – and organizational values as the biggest facilitators to retention of people with disabilities in the workplace. The research, carried out by the Business Disability Forum, compared employer and employee perspectives to gain an in-depth understanding of the greatest barriers and strongest supports for employee retention. Findings demonstrate the importance of providing training for management and human resources professionals in working with employees with disabilities.

Read more about the study.

Integrated Employment Advisory Committee Starts its Second and Final Year
The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities will hold its seventh meeting on Jan. 27-28, 2016, both days from 1:00-5:00 p.m. ET. The meeting will be held via webinar and open to the public, with a public comment period on the first day from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To participate, members of the public must register by January 15, 2016. A key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, the committee includes two employer representatives and is charged with issuing a final report due by September of this year.

Learn more about the meeting.

Dispatches from the Blogosphere
Two recent blog posts highlight the diverse facets of increasing the inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and community. The first post, published by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology, addresses the challenges that people with disabilities experience when job searching online. In it, guest author Denis Boudreau shares solutions to rectify and prevent accessibility barriers common in eRecruiting technology. The second post, published on Disability.gov, shares the story of Tiffany Yu, a social entrepreneur and Director of Business Development at a music television channel, who founded a movement called Diversability.

Read the PEAT blog post and Disability.gov blog post.

Focusing on Ability in South Dakota
In South Dakota, the state government has launched an initiative through which it partners with the private sector to boost the inclusion of people with disabilities in workplaces across the Mount Rushmore state. Called “Ability for Hire,” the initiative has garnered support from several statewide business organizations, including the South Dakota Retailers Association, and reinforces Governor Dennis Daugaard’s long-standing commitment to challenging misconceptions of workers with disabilities and promoting inclusive hiring practices.

Learn more about Ability for Hire.

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Best Practices: Addressing Workplace Harassment – Employer’s Responsibilities

January 12, 2016 WEBCAST

This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webinar will address types of workplace harassment, which can constitute discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws, and steps employers can take to prevent and rectify it. Speakers include Anne Hirsh, JAN Co-Director; Dr. Jeffrey Daniels, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University; and Dexter Brooks, Associate Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Federal Operations.

Register for the webcast.

Inclusive Apprenticeship NPRM

January 20, 2016 COMMENT PERIOD

The comment period for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on increasing the representation of under-represented groups in apprenticeship programs has been extended until Jan. 20, 2016. Apprenticeships allow young people to learn a trade and establish a clear career path. But, they also benefit employers, who can use them to attract future talent. The proposed rule aims to ensure this talent pool is inclusive of all qualified candidates, including people with disabilities.

Read a policy brief about the NPRM.

Cancer and Employment Issues

March 31, 2016 TRAINING

Medical advancements have led to higher-than-ever cancer survival rates, with many people staying at work during or returning to work following treatment. To help employers maintain a productive, supportive environment, the Center for Knowledge Translation for Employment Research developed a free, one-hour online training that is open to all and can be viewed at any time. Eligible participants may also sign up to participate in an associated study for which they may receive continuing education credit, but to do so, they must sign up by March 31, 2016.

Learn more about the training and study.

Employer Spotlight

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott, in conjunction with The Arc of Indiana, recently opened the doors of a brand new, fully operating teaching hotel designed to provide both job training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The training institute within the hotel will provide sessions lasting nine or 13 weeks for people with disabilities from across Indiana who want to learn vocational skills in hospitality, food service and healthcare.

Learn more about the new teaching hotel.

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Effective Employment Practices: Partnerships

Effective Employment Practices: Accommodations/Productivity Enhancements

In order to reach their maximum productivity potential in the workplace, employees with disabilities – like all employees – may need certain workplace accommodations. Thus, it’s important for employers to understand their responsibilities to provide accommodations, as well as the benefits they gain from implementing them effectively, such as increased employee productivity, morale and retention.

Read more about accommodations/productivity enhancements.

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. It 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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December 23rd, 2015 by

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December 23, 2015

What’s New

WRP Database Released for 2016
The 2016 Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) database is now available! Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense, the WRP is a recruitment and referral program that connects federal employers with highly qualified students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking internships or permanent jobs. The WRP is also available to private-sector employers seeking to diversify their workforce with people with disabilities, whether as short- or long-term hires.

Learn more about the WRP for federal or private employers.

Honoring Contributions to the Disability Community
At a ceremony in New York City last week, The Viscardi Center recognized nine individuals with Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards for their work to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Among this year’s awardees were several individuals committed to increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, both in the U.S. and abroad. Bestowed annually, the awards honor the legacy and spirit of Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., himself a person with a disability committed to creating a more inclusive society.

Learn more about the recipients.

PEAT Research on eRecruiting and Accessibility
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) recently released a report outlining the findings of its 2015 research into the accessibility of eRecruiting practices, including those related to job source/searching tools, online job applications and pre-employment testing. In addition to exploring top accessibility issues identified by job seekers with disabilities who participated in the research, the report provides a sneak peek into PEAT’s plans for helping employers make their eRecruiting tools accessible to all job seekers.

Read the report.

Accommodation Information On the Go
Do you have a question about assistive technology (AT) and other accommodations for employees with disabilities? Now, the answers can be right at your fingertips – thanks to a new free app released by the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP). In addition to news about CAP and the disability community, the “CAP App” features an “accommodometer” that determines solutions to common accessibility issues. Run by the U.S. Department of Defense, CAP provides AT and accommodations support to employees with disabilities across the federal government.

Learn more about the app.

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Inclusive Apprenticeship NPRM

January 5, 2016 COMMENT PERIOD

Apprenticeships allow young people to learn a trade and establish a clear career path. But, they also benefit employers, who can use them to attract future talent. To ensure this talent pool is inclusive of all qualified candidates, the U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on increasing the representation of under-represented groups – including people with disabilities – in apprenticeship programs. Employers can comment on the NPRM by Jan. 5, 2016.

Learn about the NPRM.

Best Practices: Addressing Workplace Harassment – Employer’s Responsibilities

January 12, 2016 WEBCAST

This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will address types of workplace harassment, which can constitute discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws, and steps employers can take to prevent and rectify it. Speakers include Anne Hirsh, JAN Co-Director; Dr. Jeffrey Daniels, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University; and Dexter Brooks, Associate Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s Office of Federal Operations.

Register for the webcast.

Workplace Bullying, Harassment, and Disability

January 13, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET WEBINAR

This online training, sponsored by the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University, will explore the legal differences between workplace bullying and harassment and how, as members of a protected class, people with disabilities may have legitimate cause to claim the latter, which unlike the former, is prohibited by law. It will also address strategies employers can use to foster safer, more inclusive workplaces that prevent both.

Register for the webinar.

Employer Spotlight

Capital One

Capital One

As part of its focus on inclusion and diversity, Capital One in Richmond, VA, has set up an internship program aimed at bringing in young people on the autism spectrum to work at the company. The program, called Autism at Work, originated in 2009 as the brainchild of Capital One associates with children on the autism spectrum. The program continues to thrive, and four of the interns who completed the program now work full-time at Capital One.

Learn more about Autism at Work.

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Effective Employment Practices: Partnerships

Effective Employment Practices: Partnerships

Forming partnerships is a key strategy for successfully recruiting qualified job candidates with disabilities. There are many agencies and organizations, both locally and nationally, that can connect employers with suitable potential employees. Vocational rehabilitation agencies, American Job Centers, disability service providers, and other community-based groups can all serve as resources in all stages of the hiring and employment process. Read more about partnerships.

Read more about partnerships.

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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