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January 23, 2015

What’s New

New Videos Highlight Benefits of Internships for Young People With Disabilities
Three new videos highlight employers’ experiences hiring interns through the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP). The WRP connects employers with qualified students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking summer or permanent jobs, and the videos showcase two federal workplaces (the Pentagon and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) and one federal contractor (SSB BART Group). Federal agencies interested in the WRP should visit WRP.gov; private employers can go to WRP.jobs.

Committee to Advise on Integrated Employment Opportunities
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the public members who will serve on a new Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals With Disabilities, a key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act passed last summer. Among the members are two employer community representatives. Read more about the committee’s charge in Secretary of Labor Tom Perez’s blog post.

Fast Company Shines Light on People With Disabilities as an Untapped Talent Source
A recent Fast Company article explored the contradiction between the labor force participation rate of people with disabilities and the skills and creativity they have to offer America’s employers. It also outlined six strategies smart employers use to attract and retain qualified people with disabilities, citing various resources including the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). Like the Employer TA Center/EARN, JAN is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Resource for Understanding Leave as an Accommodation
Not all accommodations are tangible. In some cases, leave is what actually facilitates on-the-job success for employees with disabilities, allowing them to manage medical conditions while continuing to deliver for their employers. To help employers understand this issue, the Job Accommodation Network recently released a new publication on leave as an accommodation that offers a series of in-depth questions and answers examining the nuances of the subject. Also newly available is Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work: Supporting Employees Who Experience Unexpected Illness or Disability, a fact sheet co-authored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and Office of Disability Employment Policy that explains provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applicable in these situations, and how intermittent leave may assist employees to remain on the job.

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Creating Resilient Workplaces: Safe Space Leads to Engaged, Productive Workers

JANUARY 27, 3:00-4:30 PM EST Webinar

Co-hosted by the Employer TA Center/EARN, in coordination with the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, this webinar will explore strategies for fostering a productive and inclusive workplace, one in which employees feel supported and safe to disclose a health condition or disability or request a work-life balance need, without fear, stigma or worry. There is still time to register, but space is limited, so be sure to do so today!

Register for this webinar.

Document Accessibility in Microsoft Word

FEBRUARY 15, 3:00 PM EST Webinar

How to make Microsoft Word documents accessible will be the topic on hand during the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs’ (ATAP) second in a four-part webinar series on accessibility basics. The presenter will be T.J. Schlouski from the Illinois Assistive Technology Program. Future topics include accessibility in PowerPoint and audio and video products.

Register for this or other upcoming ATAP webinars.

Promoting the Employment of Individuals With Disabilities in the Federal Workforce

FEBRUARY 18, 2:00-3:30 PM EST Wecast

This webcast is the second in the Job Accommodation Network’s three-part winter 2015 federal monthly webcast series. The speaker is Jo Linda Johnson from the Transportation Security Administration, who will field questions related to reasonable accommodations, conduct rules and job performance. Participants do not need to have participated in the series’ first webcast to participate in this one or the one planned for March.

Register for this or future webcasts in this series.

Employer Spotlight

Logo: SSB BART Group

Technology firm SSB BART Group believes that a disability-inclusive workforce is critical to its success. Reflecting this, the federal contractor actively sources qualified applicants with disabilities, including interns with disabilities. According to company CEO Tim Springer, “Society works best when we focus on accepting differences among people and facilitating broad participation.” Learn more in this video.

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Workplace Mentoring Primer

January is National Mentoring Month—and an excellent time to explore workplace mentoring as a smart business strategy. Take a first step by checking out EARN’s Workplace Mentoring Primer, a free resource for employers and employees interested in establishing formal mentoring relationships. It offers specific strategies, tools and activities for implementing workplace mentoring programs, which can be especially critical in supporting the inclusion of employees with disabilities in your workforce.

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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January 15th, 2015 by

Three new videos highlight the benefits of internships for young people with disabilities, to intern and employer alike. Each features organizations that sourced interns through the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), which connects employers with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Run jointly by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity, the WRP is available to both public and private employers. Two of the videos showcase Federal workplaces (the Pentagon and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation), while one focuses on a private-sector company that is a Federal contractor (SSB Bart). The 2015 WRP database—released just last month—includes more than 1,800 students and represents some of the best and brightest on campuses across the country, running the gamut in terms of majors and career interests. If you’re a federal employer, learn more about the program at WRP.gov. If you’re a private employer, learn more at WRP.jobs.

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January 9, 2015

What’s New

WRP Helps Employers Source Qualified Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities
The 2015 Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) database has been released! Whether youÂ’re a public or private employer, the WRP can help you fill short- and long-term staffing needs with highly qualified, pre-screened students and recent graduates with disabilities. If youÂ’re a federal employer, learn more at WRP.gov. If youÂ’re a private employer, learn more at WRP.jobs!

Report on Federal Employment of People with Disabilities Released
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management recently released the Fiscal Year 2013 Employment of People with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch Report. Among the key findings are that the Federal Government hired people with disabilities at a higher rate than at any time in the past 33 years. Learn more by reading the OPM directorÂ’s blog post or the report itself.

Corporate Leaders Share Insight on Effective Practices for Disability Inclusion
A recent Huffington Post blog post co-authored by Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Kathy Martinez and Ernst & Young (EY) Global Diversity and Inclusiveness Officer Karyn Twaronite shared strategies for leading on disability inclusion explored at the Diverse Abilities Leadership Summit hosted by EY on Dec. 3. Read the blog post.

Blog Post Shares Insight from Corporate Leaders on Disability Employment
A recently released report by the LEAD Center provides an in-depth look at employee retention and return-to-work strategies at one large American corporation that have potential for replication across industry sectors. The LEAD Center is funded by the U.S. Department of LaborÂ’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Read the LEAD Center report.

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Return to Work and the ADA

January 13, 2:00-3:30 pm EST Webinar

Many legal issues arise when people with disabilities seek to return to work after being on leave. This webinar, coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center, will address how the courts have interpreted a number of these issues, including the interplay between the ADA and the Family & Medical Leave Act; reasonable accommodations when returning from leave; and medical exams and inquiries. Register for the Return to Work webinar.

Developing and Implementing an Accessibility Strategy: One Organization’s Lessons (So Far)

January 15, 2:00-3:30 pm EST Webinar

Employers large and small are learning that accessibility must be part of an organizationÂ’s overall approach to information technology. This webinar, coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center, will examine Ohio State UniversityÂ’s experience implementing an institution-wide accessible technology strategy. Register for the Accessible Technology webinar.

Creating Resilient Workplaces: Safe Space Leads to Engaged, Productive Workers

January 27, 3:00-4:30 pm EST Webinar

A productive workplace is an inclusive workplace, one in which employees feel supported and safe to disclose a health condition or disability or to request a work-life balance need, without fear, stigma or worry. This webinar, co-hosted by the Employer TA Center/EARN, in coordination with the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, will help employers learn strategies for fostering such an environment. Register for the Creating Resilient Workplaces webinar.

Employer Spotlight

Logo: SAP

International technology firm SAP has discovered a strong match between its staffing needs and the skills and talents of individuals with Autism. According to Jose Velasco, who oversees the company’s Autism at Work program, “It’s not a disability play; it’s a skills play.” Learn more in this article from Disability Scoop.

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Infographic: States as Model Employees

States as Model Employers Infographic
This infographic illustrates the powerful impact that states can have on the employment of people with disabilities. In addition to being among the largest employers nationwide, states are poised to implement human resources policies and programs to remove barriers to work and increase employment opportunities for populations that have been under-represented.

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

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December 17th, 2014 by

By Paul Plasencia, 

We are excited to announce that the 2015 Workforce Recruitment Program database is now available on the WRP website at www.wrp.gov!

Starting today you may have access to over 1800 college students and recent graduates with disabilities, from over 300 campuses nationwide, who are seeking summer or permanent employment in federal agencies and private companies worldwide. Every candidate is Schedule A eligible and ready to work for you.

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