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August 24th, 2015 by

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (DOL/OFCCP) has released a new interactive tool to help federal contractors self-assess their compliance with the affirmative action program (AAP) requirements of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Developed by OFCCP in coordination with the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Checklist for Compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 enables employers to answer a series of “yes/no” questions about their company’s practices and policies. While contractors are not required to use the checklist (and using it doesn’t ensure compliance), doing so may prove beneficial in enhancing awareness of AAP obligations and flagging potential problem areas in need of correction.

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August 19th, 2015 by

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August 19, 2015

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Labor Department Posts New Section 503 Checklist Tool
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (DOL/OFCCP) has released a new interactive tool to help federal contractors assess their compliance with the affirmative action program (AAP) requirements of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act. Developed by OFCCP in coordination with the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Checklist for Compliance with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 enables employers to answer a series of “yes/no” questions about their company’s practices and policies. While contractors are not required to use the checklist (and using it doesn’t ensure compliance), doing so may prove beneficial in enhancing awareness of AAP obligations and flagging potential problem areas in need of correction.

Access the Section 503 Checklist.

Disability Equality Index Celebrates Inaugural Reception on Capitol Hill
Late last month, the American Association of People with Disabilities and the U.S. Business Leadership Network—an Employer TA Center partner—hosted a reception on Capitol Hill to recognize those companies that scored 80 points or higher on the inaugural Disability Equality Index (DEI), which is sponsored by both organizations. The DEI survey assesses inclusion across the workplace, marketplace and supply chain, awarding points in four major categories. This first year, 80 Fortune 1000 companies participated. The second annual DEI is scheduled to launch in December.

Read the DEI press release.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Posters Now Available
National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2015 is less than two months away! To help employers and others in planning observances, the official poster and other materials are now available. Held each October, NDEAM celebrates the many and diverse contributions of America’s workers with disabilities, both past and present, and employers can take part in a variety of ways. This year’s theme is “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.”

Order the NDEAM poster or learn more about how employers and employees can participate.

DOJ Issues Guidance on Service Dogs
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division recently issued a new resource on service animals, titled Frequently Asked Questions About Service Animals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This publication provides helpful guidance on general rules governing service dogs that employers may want to review to ensure they are providing equal access for both employers and customers who may use them. In addition, it defines what constitutes a service animal and the many ways they assist people with a variety of disabilities, not only visual impairments.

Read the FAQs.

JAN Issues Quarterly ENews
The latest issue of the Job Accommodation Network’s (JAN) quarterly newsletter was issued last month, providing information on a range of topics, from accommodations for teachers with disabilities to simple steps businesses can take to make their websites more accessible. JAN is the leading source for expert, confidential guidance on workplace accommodations for people with disabilities and, like the Employer TA Center, is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Read JAN’s latest ENews.

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The Expanding Disability Market: Serving Customers with Disabilities

September 9, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST WEBINAR

This webinar, sponsored by the Northeast ADA Center, will address how businesses and agencies can ensure they are accessible to the rapidly expanding market that is people with disabilities, including people with acquired, age-related disabilities. It will serve as the first in two webinars on the topic, the second of which will address specific common scenarios. Participation is free but registration is required.

Register for The Expanding Disability Market: Serving Customers with Disabilities.

The Expanding Disability Market: Scenario Clinic

September 30, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST WEBINAR

As a follow up to the September 9 webinar titled The Expanding Disability Market: Serving Customers with Disabilities, this Northeast ADA Center event will explore specific scenarios related to serving people with disabilities in a variety of sectors, including health care, retail, hospitality, recreation and education. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the facilitator. Participation is free but registration is required.

Register for The Expanding Disability Market: Scenario Clinic.

Employer Spotlight

JP Morgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase & Company

Global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase has proactively worked to ensure its workforce—which comprises more than 240,000 people across the globe—is inclusive of the skills and talents of people with disabilities. According to its Global Head of Diversity, Patricia David, the key to success in doing this is valuing all employees as unique individuals and embracing disability as a part of diversity.

Hear from Ms. David or read more about JPMorgan Chase’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Business Strategies that Work: Accompanying Research and Resource Compendium

A supplement to Business Strategies that Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion, this compendium provides a review of recent literature (2011-2014) regarding the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities and a selective list of technical assistance materials to aid employers in implementing or enhancing disability inclusion initiatives.

View Business Strategies that Work: Accompanying Research and Resource Compendium.

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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August 5th, 2015 by

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Special ADA25 Edition!

August 3, 2015

ADA 25 Commemorating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
What’s New

ADA Turns 25!
Leading up to and on July 26, people across the nation observed the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)—landmark civil rights legislation that works to increase the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of society, including employment. Among the many celebrations was a U.S. Department of Labor event featuring disability employment champions Senator Tom Harkin and Delaware Governor Jack Markell.

Watch an archive of the event or learn more about the ADA and other milestones in disability employment history.

White House Summit Results in “25 for ADA25” for Employers
Employers interested in learning what they can do to carry the spirit of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) forward can now gather ideas from “25 for ADA25: Suggestions for Employers on Improving Disability Inclusion.” This illustrated and interactive web feature was compiled based on the outcomes of a White House summit held earlier this year, during which corporate leaders in workplace disability inclusion shared their experiences and insight.

View 25 for ADA25: Suggestions for Employers on Improving Disability Inclusion.

Faces and Voices of the ADA at Work: Employers and Employees Share Their Stories
As part of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25th anniversary activities, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is collecting photos and written stories that illustrate the importance of the law in increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities and employers of workers with disabilities from across the nation are encouraged to add to the growing collection, which is being compiled into a gallery on the DOL website over the coming months.

View the collection or submit a story.

Senator Tom Harkin Discusses the Role of Employment in Advancing the ADA
In a special guest blog post on Disability.gov, Senator Tom Harkin—one of the authors of the Americans with Disabilities Act—discussed both the law’s success in creating a more inclusive society over the past 25 years and the promises yet to be fulfilled related to employment. As part of this, he highlighted the efforts of companies such as Walgreens, Microsoft and Wells Fargo in employing people with disabilities and calls on others to follow their lead to ensure continued progress over the next 25 years.

Read Senator Harkin’s blog, titled “Onward!”.

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Mentoring

August 11, 2:00 p.m. EST WEBCAST

This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will address mentoring as a strategy for increasing the retention and job performance of new employees, including employees with disabilities who are new to the workforce. The event will conclude JAN’s 2014-2015 annual webcast series, and presenters will include Lou Orslene, JAN co-director, and Melanie Whetzel, lead consultant on JAN’s Cognitive/Neurological Team.

Register for JAN’s Mentoring webcast.

PEAT Talks

August 18, 2:00 p.m. EST SPEAKER SERIES

This installment in the “Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) Talks” virtual speaker series will welcome Adam Streets from Getting Hired, Inc., who will speak about his organization’s accessible platform for job seekers and employers, and the feedback it has received from users. PEAT Talks are normally held on the third Thursday of each month; however, this one has been moved to a Tuesday due to a preexisting commitment. PEAT also encourages users to check out its website PEATworks.org, which features an enhanced design and navigation.

Learn more about the “PEAT Talks” series and view PEAT’s updated website.

Employer Spotlight

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman

Global security firm Northrop Grumman “has been in the vanguard when it comes to hiring people with disabilities, recognizing the assets they bring to the table and adopting innovative policies to ensure they are accommodated in the workplace,” said Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, who recently visited the federal contractor’s headquarters as part of his department’s commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more about Northrop Grumman’s efforts.

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Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities

Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities

Federal agencies can increase their efforts to employ people with disabilities using Schedule A, which allows for the expedited, non-competitive hiring of qualified individuals with disabilities. AskEARN.org’s “Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities” webpage explains more about Schedule A, including its benefits and criteria for eligibility. It also provides access to a series of recently updated guides, titled “The ABCs of Schedule A” for various audiences.

View the Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities webpage.

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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July 15th, 2015 by

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July 15, 2015

What’s New

Employer TA Center Unveils New Joint Resolution/Executive Order Package for State Policy Teams
The Employer TA Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new tool to help states advance the employment of people with disabilities. Featuring customizable joint resolution/executive order language and a sample “Dear Colleague” letter, the document is intended to help guide state legislators, governors’ policy staff, executive agency officials and other interested parties in defining state public policy choices to better convey a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

Access the state policy package.

NBDC Announces Results of Public Opinion Survey on Disability Attitudes
The Marketing Anthropology Project (MAP), a program of the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, has announced the results of a national survey it commissioned in May 2015 about consumer attitudes on disability. Among the findings were that a large majority of consumers (over 86%) would be more likely to support a business that includes people with disabilities in its online, print and/or television advertisements. Further, nearly all consumers surveyed (91%) would be more likely to support a business that takes steps to ensure easy access for people with disabilities at their physical locations and on their websites.

Read more about the public opinion survey.

Disability Employment Practices on Full Display at Annual SHRM Conference
Recently, the Employer TA Center joined the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition, which took place June 28-July 1 in Las Vegas. In addition to educating conference attendees on the services and resources of the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (AskEARN.org), Employer TA Center staff took in presentations related to a range of cutting-edge employment topics, including ODEP’s workshop on “Effective Practices for Hiring, Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans.”

View more highlights from the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition.

NBDC Blogs about Accessible Technology and Job Recruiting
In its most recent blog post, the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center explores why accessible technology is crucial to employers’ recruiting efforts, which are increasingly moving online. Author Beatrice Schmidt acknowledges the transformative potential of e-recruiting, but cautions that many employers may miss out on the talents and capabilities of qualified applicants with disabilities, simply because their job boards and online recruiting sites are not accessible. The blog encourages employers to assess the accessibility of their online recruitment applications and directs readers to helpful resources and references.

Read NBDC’s blog on accessible job recruitment and visit the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology to learn more about the topic.

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Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Employees with Disabilities

July 16, 2:00 p.m., EST WEBINAR

Hosted by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans/National Veterans Technical Assistance Center, this webcast will provide information on the disclosure of disabilities in the workplace as well as common, real-life accommodation situations and solutions. The Job Accommodation Network’s Melanie Whetzel will lead the discussion. Register for the “Providing Reasonable Accommodations” webinar by sending an email to conferencecalls@nchv.org.

PEAT Talk Featuring Easy Chirp

July 16, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m., EST SPEAKER SERIES

It’s your last chance to register for tomorrow’s PEAT Talk. Join the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) for its monthly virtual speaker series exploring a range of accessible technology topics of interest to employers, individuals with disabilities and technology developers. This month’s event will feature a conversation with Dennis Lembree about the workplace applications of Easy Chirp, an accessible Twitter web application that provides the ability to tweet accessible images.

Register for the PEAT Talk.

Driving Innovation with Accessibility in Government

July 22, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., EST WORKSHOP

Hosted by IBM and the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center, this online workshop will explore the increased demand for government agencies to provide services that can be accessed by any user, anytime, anywhere and on any device. The event will feature IBM Chief Accessibility Officer Frances West and be facilitated by John D. Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center.

Register for the Accessibility in Government webinar.

Employer Spotlight

Toad & CO.

Toad&Co

Toad&Co, an outdoor clothing manufacturer based in Santa Barbara, California, has a long-standing commitment to creating employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. In 1997, it partnered with Search, Inc., a Chicago-based disability services provider, to found Planet Access Company (PAC), which at the time employed people with developmental disabilities to assist in producing a new product. As Toad & Co grew in size and scope, so did PAC, which today processes 100 percent of the its inventory. Now, Toad&Co is using its experience to educate its nationwide network of retailers on how people with disabilities can also add value to their companies, from both a workplace and marketplace perspective.

Learn more about Toad&Co.

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Disability Law Resource Page: The Americans with Disabilities Act

Disability Law Resource Page: The Americans with Disabilities Act

As we count down to the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s an opportune time to point out EARN’s resource page devoted to the landmark law. Features of the web page include an overview of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act; tips for discussing disability with job applicants and current employees; and links to additional ADA tools and resources. The site is just one of several EARN resource pages on relevant laws and regulations.

Visit EARN’s ADA Resource Page.

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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