About six months ago, Patrick Ross knew things had reached a breaking point at work. An angry email he had sent to a superior â€“ combined with occasional temper flare-ups and brusque interactions with colleagues â€“ was endangering his job of two years as deputy director of communication at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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By Enid Kassner
We all like to have choices. Being able to decide where we live and work, what we eat and how we spend our leisure time all enhance life satisfaction.
Having a disability doesnâ€™t diminish the desire for choice. But unfortunately, people with disabilities often lose control over how services are provided when they depend on Medicaid for home- and community-based services (HCBS), such as meal preparation or help with bathing and dressing.
It doesnâ€™t have to be this way.
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States as Model Employers Infographic
By Kathy Krepcio
Executive Director, Disability Employment, Research Design, Workforce Policy at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
Earlier this month, the nation celebrated Labor Day, a national holiday designed to pay tribute to the contributions and achievement of American workers. As many of us know, work is an important part of our lives. Itâ€™s not only a source of income and economic support, it also provides daily structure and focus; makes life meaningful; offers an outlet for acquiring, developing, and mastering skills and knowledge; and for building social relationships.
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Americans work in all kinds of job settings, sometimes for themselves, and for all types of employersâ€”large, small, private companies, and public agencies. While a very large portion work in the private sector, more than 19 million Americans work in some type of full- and part-time public-sector job, and more than (more…)
The employment landscape has changed greatly in the years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The huge leap in technological advances has created both new opportunities and new challenges for people with disabilities in the workplace. In honor of the ADA anniversary, EARN reached out to Wendy Strobel-Gower, Director of the Northeast ADA Center, and asked her to blog about the importance of accessibility and access in online application systems.
Online application systems, which allow people to apply for open positions within a company using the internetÂ or related electronic data technologies, are becoming increasingly common for all employers. As such, the Department of Laborâ€™s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs has addressed this issue in its recently issued a final regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The final rule adds new language stating that the reasonable accommodation obligation extends to the contractorâ€™s use of electronic or online job application systems. Federal contractors must ensure equal access to job opportunities for all applicants, including people with disabilities. Simply stated, accessible online application systems are the most expeditious way to do this.Â Â The gold standard in accessible online systems are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). According to the World Wide Web Consortium, WCAG 2.0 has 12 guidelines that are organized under 4 principles: (more…)