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September 2, 2015

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Federal News Radio Highlights Progress in Disability Hiring
Federal News Radio recently ran a segment on progress in federal disability hiring. Speaking to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Special Adviser on Disability Programs Michael Murray, the interview explored steps taken to achieve the goals of Executive Order 13548, which was signed by President Obama in 2010, and efforts to sustain the momentum following its expiration this year. “It’s a matter of a lot of things: education, having good matches for the jobs from the very beginning, having reasonable accommodations in place,” Murray said.

Read the article or listen to the interview.

Labor Day: A Time to Celebrate the Contributions of All of America’s Workers
On the first Monday of September each year, America pays tribute to the workers who built and continue to fuel its economy. These workers of course include millions of people with disabilities, and as part of its commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this summer, the U.S. Department of Labor started soliciting personal stories to illustrate the important contributions of such individuals to our nation’s strength, prosperity and well-being, every day. This Labor Day, both individuals with disabilities and their employers are encouraged to add to the collection.

Read the stories.

OFCCP Invites Feedback Via Customer Experience Survey
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)—which enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, as well as other equal employment opportunity rules—is currently collecting feedback from federal contractors that have undergone a compliance evaluation in recent years in order to assist the agency in strengthening its processes. The survey is being conducted electronically, and responses are anonymous. Companies qualifying to participate may also print and mail in their responses. The survey is open until Oct. 31, 2015.

Learn more about the survey.

WIOA Advisory Committee Issues Draft Interim Report
Last month, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities finalized its required draft interim report and preliminary recommendations. The purpose of the report is to summarize the committee’s progress to date along with its interim findings and preliminary recommendations. A key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the committee includes two employer representatives, Oswald Mondejar from Partners Continuing Care and Steve Pemberton from Walgreens.

Read’s the committee’s interim report.

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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..

PEAT Talks

September 17, 2:00 p.m. EST SPEAKER SERIES

Sponsored by the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT), the next installment of the PEAT Talks virtual speaker series will feature a panel of state accessibility Chief Information Officers, who will speak about an approach to information technology called Policy Driven Adoption for Accessibility (PDAA), which aims to improve the accessibility of vendor-provided products and services over the long term. PEAT Talks are held on the third Thursday of each month.

Register for the PEAT Talk.

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

3M

3M

Employee resource groups (ERGs) are a key part of diversified technology company 3M’s efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. Among its many ERGs is one focused on disability, called the Disability Advisory Committee, which advises company management and serves as a resource for employees and family members on issues such as accessibility and accommodations. It also plans events and activities to expose local youth with disabilities to 3M’s work.

Read more about the committee’s efforts.

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AskEarn.org Spotlight

Webinar Archive

Webinar Archive

Did you know that the Employer TA Center archives all of its webinars on AskEARN.org? These archived multi-media presentations can serve as the foundation for in-house training on disability employment topics or other professional development activities. Recent topics include disability inclusion as a market-driven issue and the value of internships for young people with disabilities, to both intern and employer alike. Check them and others out today!

View AskEARN.org’s webinar archive 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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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.

Access the Section 503 Checklist.

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August 19, 2015

What’s New

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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Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities

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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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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AskEarn.org Spotlight

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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