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May 27, 2015

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Companies “Circle” to Discuss Disability Inclusion
On May 18, the “Circle”—a group of companies noted for their commitment to disability inclusion—met at U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) headquarters in Alexandria, Va. On the agenda were internships and mentoring programs for people with disabilities; Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act; and new materials federal contractors can use to converse with employees about disability disclosure. USBLN is a national non-profit that assists employers to increase disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. It manages the Circle as a partner of the Employer TA Center. soma for sale

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Have Questions about Proposed ICT Refresh? PEAT has Answers!
The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) published a Q&A on the proposed information and communication technology (ICT) “refresh” released by the U.S. Access Board earlier this year. This proposed rule—open for public comment until May 28—updates accessibility requirements for ICT in the federal sector under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. Like the Employer TA Center, PEAT is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

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Read the PEAT Q&A.

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Improving Mental Health for Workers, This Month and Every Month
Mental Health Awareness Month continued this week, with organizations around the nation participating through a variety of activities and events. In a recent post on the U.S. Department of Labor blog, Elena Brown, a senior advisor in the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, explored the value of supporting the mental health needs of workers, not only to individuals, but also employers and society at large, as evidenced by a recent report issued by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

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Read Improving Mental Health for Workers, This Month and Every Month.

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Monthly nTide Report Shows Continued Positive Wave
The latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report showed a continued positive trajectory in the employment of people with disabilities, with the employment-to-population ratio for working-age people with disabilities increasing 6.7 percent from April 2014 (25.3) to April 2015 (27.0). Issued since March 2013, the monthly nTIDE report is coordinated by the Kessler Foundation and the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability and based on the monthly jobs report issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Learn more about the most recent nTIDE report.

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The State of Employment for People with Disabilities

May 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST WEBINAR
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Sponsored by the Northeast ADA Center, this panel discussion will explore New York’s Employment First initiative, which began in September 2014. In this context, it will examine the negative impact of the employment gap between people with and without disabilities to the state’s economy and how employers and disability service providers can work together to create more integrated employment opportunities.

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Public Comments Due on ADA and Workplace Wellness Programs NPRM

June 19, 2015 DEADLINE

The deadline for providing public comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking the Americans with Disabilities Act and employer-sponsored health and wellness programs that are part of group health plans is June 19. Issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month, this rule would provide guidance on how such programs can comply with the ADA consistent with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended by the Affordable Care Act.

Read more about the proposed rule.

Disability and Employment Symposium: Research Informing Practice and Policy

June 24, 8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., EST EVENT

This one-day conference will convene government representatives, researchers, individuals with disabilities, employers and workforce professionals to explore the intersection between employment research, practice and policy. It will take place at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C., and is sponsored by the Interagency Committee on Disability Research’s Interagency Committee on Employment and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Community Living. The deadline for registration is June 16.

Register for the Disability and Employment Symposium.

Employer Spotlight

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Puzzles Bakery & Café

Puzzles Bakery & Café in Schenectady, New York serves up not only sandwiches, baked goods and soup to the city’s hungry patrons, but also integrated employment and training opportunities for local residents with autism and other developmental disabilities. Key to the establishment’s success is matching each person’s skills to the right job, ranging from customer service to food preparation and everything in between.

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Do Ask, Do Tell: Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify

Do Ask, Do Tell: Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify

This new report, published by The Conference Board with support from the Employer TA Center, explores challenges to and strategies for encouraging disability disclosure in the workplace based on a survey of 98 companies and extensive interviews with disability experts.

Read the report.

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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May 13th, 2015 by

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Official Theme for NDEAM 2015 Announced
Employers across the nation are encouraged to start planning for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2015, following the announcement this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy of its official theme—“My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” Although observed annually in October, NDEAM’s theme is announced each spring to assist organizations in planning activities in advance.

Read the news release announcing the theme and learn how employers and employees can participate.

Empowering Interns: Voices from the Blogosphere
Two recent blog posts showcase the value of interns with disabilities in both the private and public sectors. On Disability.gov, Randy Cooper, Disability Program Director at the Department of Defense, profiles the career trajectory of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration employee who launched his career through the Workforce Recruitment Program, while on AskEARN.org, the Labor Department’s Tiffany Jolliff describes key takeaways from a recent webinar for employers on cultivating talent through internships.

Read the Disability.gov blog post and read the EARN blog post..

Employers Encouraged to Recognize Mental Health Month
May is Mental Health Month—and an opportune time for employers to consider ways they can support employees who may have mental health disabilities through effective accommodations. Last month the Employer TA Center hosted a webinar on this topic in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), an ODEP Alliance partner. Although geared toward the higher education setting, the information presented applies to organizations of all sizes and industry sectors.

View the archived webinar and learn about accommodation ideas for people with mental health impairments.

WIOA Advisory Committee Meets for Third Time
Members of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities met for the third time this week, hearing from panelists with diverse perspectives and discussing progress made toward developing its recommendations, the first iteration of which will be delivered later this year. 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.

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The State of Employment for People with Disabilities

May 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST WEBINAR

Sponsored by the Northeast ADA Center, this panel discussion will explore New York’s Employment First initiative, which began in September 2014. In this context, it will examine the negative impact of the employment gap between people with and without disabilities to the state’s economy and how employers and disability service providers can work together to create more integrated employment opportunities.

Register for The State of Employment for People with Disabilities.

Pregnancy and Related Issues in the Workplace

June 9, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EST WEBCAST

Some women may need work adjustments in order to continue working during pregnancy, but employers’ obligations to provide them under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Americans with Disabilities Act have never been completely clear. This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will address these issues, and feature presentations by JAN Lead Consultant Tracie DeFreitas and attorney Jeff Nowak, a nationally recognized leader on related topics.

Register for Pregnancy and Related Issues in the Workplace.

Public Comments on the ICT “Refresh”

May 28 DEADLINE

The deadline for providing public comments on the proposed “ICT Refresh” is May 28. Released by the Access Board earlier this year, this proposed rule updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act.

Read about the ICT Refresh, including how to submit comments.

Employer Spotlight

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Mohegan Sun

Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino has discovered a partnership with a local disability service provider to be an effective way to fill its diverse staffing needs. To date, more than 100 employees have come on board through the organizations’ joint training program, the Mohegan Sun Inclusion Academy. According to Jeff Hamilton, the casino’s vice president of human resources, the program’s success stems from staff at all levels feeling invested in the program.

Read about the Mohegan Sun Inclusion Academy.

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Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups

Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are considered an exemplary practice that businesses can leverage to foster a culture of inclusion—one in which employees feel safe to self-identify as people with disabilities and obtain the supports they need to succeed on the job. This new Employer TA Center fact sheet explores how ERGs can benefit employees and employers alike.

Read the ERG fact sheet.

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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May 12th, 2015 by

A new report developed by The Conference Board with support from the Employer TA Center explores research related to disability disclosure in the workplace and identifies strategies for encouraging it in the context of the updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act that took effect last year.  Based on the results of a survey of 98 companies and extensive interviews with experts on workplace disability issues, Do Ask, Do Tell:  Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify concludes that many companies can and must do more to build a disability-friendly culture conducive to disclosure in order to meet their goals under the new rules.  It also features a case study on Wells Fargo that illuminates effective practices other companies may be able to replicate.

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May 6th, 2015 by

Employers across the nation are encouraged to start planning for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2015, following the announcement this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy of its official theme—“My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.”

NDEAM is a nationwide campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities, past and present. Although recognized in October, its theme is announced each spring to assist workplaces, individuals and communities in planning activities in advance.

This year’s theme stems from the ODEP-funded Campaign for Disability Employment’s “Who I Am” television public service announcement, which is currently in distribution nationwide. This PSA features nine diverse people with disabilities—some obvious and some not—sharing the many ways they describe themselves, from personal interests to family relationships to occupations. Among them is actor RJ Mitte, well known for his role in AMC’s critically acclaimed television series “Breaking Bad.”

For more information about NDEAM, including specific ideas for how employers can participate, visit www.dol.gov/odep and select “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” from the drop-down menu.

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