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.
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.
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.
Screening: “Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw”
AUGUST 10, 2016, 2:00-3:30 P.M. ET
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.