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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 If youÂ’re a private employer, learn more at!

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.


Mark Your Calendar

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

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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

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