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August 19, 2016

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Jumpstarting a Conversation about Mental Health
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor observed the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a special event focused on mental health. The event featured a screening of the documentary, “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” followed by a discussion with the film’s director and Holdsclaw herself, a former basketball star who now dedicates her time to advocating for better supports for others with mental health conditions, including in the workplace.

Read Holdsclaw’s blog post about the event or learn more about accommodations for people with mental health conditions.

Display Your Support for NDEAM
With National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2016 right around the corner, now is a great time to plan how your business will observe and show support. One simple way is to display this year’s official NDEAM poster. Hard copies of this year’s poster in both English and Spanish are now available for free by mail. Order them today to send a colorful reminder to employees that #InclusionWorks – for business, for opportunity and for innovation.

Order the NDEAM poster or learn more ways employers can support NDEAM.

It’s Back to School Time!
In many places across the nation, children are heading back to school. As a result, it’s a perfect time for educational institutions to understand accommodations for educators with disabilities. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers a range of resources, including a guide focused on educators with disabilities, to assist employers in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing appropriate and effective accommodations. Like EARN, JAN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Learn about accommodations for educators with disabilities.

Still Time to Nominate a Disability Champion
There is still time to nominate someone for a 2016 Henry Viscardi Achievement Award, named in honor of one of the world’s foremost advocates for people with disabilities, Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. Bestowed annually by the Viscardi Center, these awards recognize leaders who have helped improve quality of life for people with disabilities in all areas of community life, including employment. This year’s selection committee is co-chaired by Robert Dole, former U.S. Senator, and Sherwood D. Goldberg, Esq. (Col. Ret), Senior Advisor for Asian Affairs Center for Naval Analysis.

Learn more about the awards..

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Speaking the Same Language: Making Closed Captioning Work

September 15, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET WEBINAR

Today, more and more tools are available that allow businesses to create their own videos in-house, whether for purposes or training employees or promoting their products or services. But, it’s important for such videos to include captions for accessibility. In this webinar, Beth Lund, a Technology Accessibility Specialist with Ashford University, will discuss free and low-cost tools available to help and standard best practices for creating captioned videos.

Register for the webinar.

Disability Diversity in the Higher Education Workforce

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

Hosted by EARN in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), this webinar will address how to incorporate disability into college and university workforce diversity plans as a way to foster a more inclusive academic environment and campus community. Eight important dimensions to disability inclusion in the higher education environment will be discussed, as well as best practices being utilized by HERC member institutions.

Register for the webinar.

Employer Spotlight

Sodexo

Sodexo

Sean Callaghan works as a general manager for Sodexo, leading a team of food service workers who have a range of disabilities. Recently, the Ontario Disability Employment Network awarded Callaghan a Champion’s League Award for his dedication to breaking down barriers for employees with disabilities. According to Callaghan, the decision to hire people with disabilities began as a way to give back to the community, and has proven to be an all-around good business decision.

Read more about Sodexo.

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Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

Last month’s anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act presents an opportune time for employers to brush up on their knowledge of the law’s employment provisions. This page on the EARN website provides a broad overview of the law, including employer coverage and who is a qualified person with a disability under it. It also touches upon what employers can and cannot ask applicants, job candidates and current employees related to medical conditions.

Read EARN’s ADA webpage.

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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August 5th, 2016 by

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August 5, 2016

What’s New

NOD President: Employment Critical to Fulfilling the Promise of the ADA
In an op-ed published in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act last week, National Organization on Disability President Carol Glazer discussed how innovative talent strategies – including those that actively work to recruit and retain qualified people with disabilities – are critical to corporate success. “The reality is that companies face a lot of challenges today that can be solved by building a culture of inclusion at work and employing talent with disabilities,” she said, citing several companies that are reaping the benefits of flexible, inclusive work environments.

Read the op-ed.

The Importance of Inclusion, on the Field or in the Workplace
In a new public service announcement (PSA) produced by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Office of Disability Employment Policy, legendary multi-sport athlete and person with a disability Bo Jackson speaks about the importance of judging people on what they CAN do – whether on the field, in school or at work. To help launch the PSA, Curtis Pride, a former Major League Baseball outfielder with a disability and current baseball coach at Gallaudet University, penned a post on the DOL blog.

Read the blog post and watch the PSA.

Employer’s Guide to the FMLA
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division recently released a new resource to help employers understand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides eligible employees of covered employers up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specified reasons, among them an employee’s own serious health condition. The Employer’s Guide to the FMLA is targeted at employers, managers, human resources specialists and professional leave administrators, providing a step-by-step guide through the FMLA leave administration process.

Read the guide.

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Screening: “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw”

August 10, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET SCREENING

People in the National Capital Region are invited to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for a screening of the powerful documentary “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and Holdsclaw herself, a former WNBA basketball star. The film centers on Holdsclaw’s experiences with mental health issues in the context of her career.

RSVP for the event.

The ADA & Aging Americans

August 10, 2016, 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET WEBINAR

This webinar, sponsored by the Northeast ADA Center, will explore the intersection of America’s aging population and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including as it relates to the workplace and the provision of reasonable accommodations for qualified senior employees with disabilities. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Register for the webinar.

Employer Spotlight

AT&T

AT&T

In a recent blog post, Susan Digelman, Director of Public Affairs at AT&T, talked about her company’s commitment to a more inclusive workforce, both externally by increasing the accessibility of its products and services, and internally, by ensuring people with disabilities can put their skills and talents to work for the company. “We believe that creating an inclusive community is about more than screen readers and ramps,” she said. “It’s about bringing together diverse perspectives.”

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People First Language

People First Language

July 26 was the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Many people may not realize it, but the name of this landmark law was very strategic, demonstrating “people first language.” Rather than defining people primarily by their disability, people first language emphasizes individuality, conveying respect by emphasizing that people with disabilities are, first and foremost, people.

Read more about people first language.

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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July 26th, 2016 by

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July 25, 2016

What’s New

Looking Ahead to ADA 26
July 26 marks the 26th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation, and employers are encouraged to celebrate the occasion in their workplaces. To help, the ADA National Network offers an ADA Anniversary Toolkit filled with guidance and resources to make the day count. Of course, the ADA is key to workplace inclusion every day, and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) also offers a wealth of information to assist employers in understanding their responsibilities under it.

Visit the ADA Anniversary Toolkit or the JAN ADA Library.

2016 Disability Equality Index Results Are In
The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have announced the results of the 2016 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey, conducted to gather information about disability-inclusive business practices across industries. Top scoring companies are featured in the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work list, with Fortune 500 companies leading the way.

Read the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work list.

Final WIOA Rules Released
The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education recently released the final rules implementing the landmark Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The new regulations will help employers meet workforce needs by strengthening employment and training opportunities for all Americans, especially individuals who have significant barriers to employment, such as those with disabilities.

Read the press release.

Positive Trends Continue for Disability Employment
According to the latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report released by the Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire, major economic indicators of employment for people with disabilities have increased for the third month in a row. The nTIDE report is published each month based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Currently, growth of employment for people with disabilities is outpacing that of employment for people without disabilities.

Read the nTIDE Jobs Report.

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Working Together: How Businesses Can Support Career Success for Youth with Disabilities

July 28, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET TWITTER CHAT

Join the Campaign for Disability Employment for a Twitter chat being held in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and as a prelude to National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. The topic will be what the “post-ADA generation” sees as key to workplace success—and the important role employers play in helping achieve it.

Use the hashtag #CDEYouth to participate.

Employer Spotlight

IGI Advanced Cleaning Services

IGI Advanced Cleaning Services

Located in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, IGI Advanced Cleaning Services hires people with disabilities at all levels of their crew. The company’s general manager, Igor Malanchuk, connected with a local disability employment program and hired John Parker, a man who is deaf, to join the team. Parker was given the opportunity to advance from a crew member to a supervisor, and now leads a team of people who are either deaf or hearing impaired, in their work duties.

Read more about IGI Advanced Cleaning Services.

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Hiring Incentives

Hiring Incentives

A number of tax credits and deductions can help employers, especially small businesses, be more disability inclusive by offsetting the costs of modifications to increase the accessibility of their facilities for employees and customers. There are also some tax incentives specific to hiring disabled veterans.

To learn more, visit EARN’s Hiring Incentives webpage.

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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July 6th, 2016 by

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July 6, 2016

What’s New

NDEAM 2016 Posters Ready for Display
Show your support for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2016 by downloading and printing the new NDEAM poster to display prominently in your workplace. The poster, which is available for free in both English and Spanish, is a colorful reminder of the important message that inclusion works for business, opportunity and innovation – a celebration of this year’s NDEAM theme, #InclusionWorks.

Download the poster in English and Spanish.

One-Stop Recruitment Resource for Employers
Both private and public sector employers in search of qualified, job-ready candidates can visit Labor for America (LFA), a free, one-stop online resource sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor that provides a searchable database of skilled federal workers who have been displaced from their job due to workplace injury. LFA connects employers with local vocational rehabilitation counselors to facilitate the recruitment process and provide direct support to ensure candidates successfully re-enter the workforce.

Register with LFA.

Playbook for Accessible Technology in the Workplace
A new resource released by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council’s Accessible Technology Community of Practice provides practical tips and guidance on how to build an effective program related to Section 508 – the regulation requiring federal agencies to purchase, implement and maintain accessible technology. The “Technology Accessibility Playbook” provides a framework consisting of 12 key “plays” to ensure that digital services and technology solutions are fully accessible to both employees and members of the public who have disabilities.

Download the “Technology Accessibility Playbook.”

GAO to Study Hiring of Those with Disabilities
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has been tasked with reviewing federal agencies’ hiring practices regarding candidates with disabilities as a follow-up to a review conducted in 2012. The goal of the new review is to examine whether agencies are adopting leading practices for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities; evaluate retention rates of those with disabilities; examine agencies’ “reasonable accommodation” policies and procedures; and assess the Office of Personnel Management’s and the U.S. Department of Labor’s performance in supporting the order.

Learn more about the GAO study.

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Accessible Office Spaces and Interior Design

July 7, 2016, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET WEBINAR

Accessibility standards as set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the U.S. Access Board apply to a range of public and private spaces, including workplaces. This webinar will address how to comply with these standards when designing an office space and how to avoid some common inaccessible design errors.

Register for the July 7 webinar.

PEAT Talks: The ADA and Accessible Workplace Technology

July 21, 2016, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET WEBINAR

Join Bobby Silverstein, former staff director and chief counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy and chief aide to Senator Tom Harkin, for a discussion on how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to accessible workplace technology as well as relevant current policy developments.

Register for the July 21 webinar.

Emphasis on Wage Requirements Under Section 14(c) of the FLSA

Multiple Dates and Locations Seminars

Throughout the summer in various cities nationwide, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division is offering free seminars to assist employers and community rehabilitation programs (CRPs) in complying with section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). There is no fee to attend these conferences; however, space is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

Learn Details and Register for the Seminars.

Employer Spotlight

Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

The Connecticut-based Thomas Hooker Brewing Company was recently featured in “Business Sense,” an email newsletter from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), for its thriving inclusive hiring practices. Through strong community partnerships, the company has recruited many employees with disabilities who are engaged in work that is truly integral to the success of the business.

Read more about Thomas Hooker Brewing Company.

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Working with Job Coaches and Employment Support Professionals

Working with Job Coaches and Employment Support Professionals

Job coaches can provide support for people with disabilities in all phases of the employment lifecycle. EARN’s web page on this topic explores how both employers and employees can benefit from the services of job coaches to ensure a smooth on-boarding process and achieve desired performance outcomes.

Read the webpage.

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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