Employer TA Center Unveils New Joint Resolution/Executive Order Package for State Policy Teams The Employer TA Center is pleased to announce the availability of a new tool to help states advance the employment of people with disabilities. Featuring customizable joint resolution/executive order language and a sample “Dear Colleague” letter, the document is intended to help guide state legislators, governors’ policy staff, executive agency officials and other interested parties in defining state public policy choices to better convey a long-term commitment to improving employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
NBDC Announces Results of Public Opinion Survey on Disability Attitudes The Marketing Anthropology Project (MAP), a program of the National Business & Disability Council (NBDC) at The Viscardi Center, has announced the results of a national survey it commissioned in May 2015 about consumer attitudes on disability. Among the findings were that a large majority of consumers (over 86%) would be more likely to support a business that includes people with disabilities in its online, print and/or television advertisements. Further, nearly all consumers surveyed (91%) would be more likely to support a business that takes steps to ensure easy access for people with disabilities at their physical locations and on their websites.
Disability Employment Practices on Full Display at Annual SHRM Conference Recently, the Employer TA Center joined the Labor Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition, which took place June 28-July 1 in Las Vegas. In addition to educating conference attendees on the services and resources of the Employer Assistance and Resource Network (AskEARN.org), Employer TA Center staff took in presentations related to a range of cutting-edge employment topics, including ODEP’s workshop on “Effective Practices for Hiring, Recruiting and Retaining Qualified Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans.”
NBDC Blogs about Accessible Technology and Job Recruiting In its most recent blog post, the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center explores why accessible technology is crucial to employers’ recruiting efforts, which are increasingly moving online. Author Beatrice Schmidt acknowledges the transformative potential of e-recruiting, but cautions that many employers may miss out on the talents and capabilities of qualified applicants with disabilities, simply because their job boards and online recruiting sites are not accessible. The blog encourages employers to assess the accessibility of their online recruitment applications and directs readers to helpful resources and references.
Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Employees with Disabilities
July 16, 2:00 p.m., EST
Hosted by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans/National Veterans Technical Assistance Center, this webcast will provide information on the disclosure of disabilities in the workplace as well as common, real-life accommodation situations and solutions. The Job Accommodation Network’s Melanie Whetzel will lead the discussion. Register for the “Providing Reasonable Accommodations” webinar by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEAT Talk Featuring Easy Chirp
July 16, 2:00 – 2:30 p.m., EST
It’s your last chance to register for tomorrow’s PEAT Talk. Join the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) for its monthly virtual speaker series exploring a range of accessible technology topics of interest to employers, individuals with disabilities and technology developers. This month’s event will feature a conversation with Dennis Lembree about the workplace applications of Easy Chirp, an accessible Twitter web application that provides the ability to tweet accessible images.
Driving Innovation with Accessibility in Government
July 22, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., EST
Hosted by IBM and the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center, this online workshop will explore the increased demand for government agencies to provide services that can be accessed by any user, anytime, anywhere and on any device. The event will feature IBM Chief Accessibility Officer Frances West and be facilitated by John D. Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center.
Toad&Co, an outdoor clothing manufacturer based in Santa Barbara, California, has a long-standing commitment to creating employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. In 1997, it partnered with Search, Inc., a Chicago-based disability services provider, to found Planet Access Company (PAC), which at the time employed people with developmental disabilities to assist in producing a new product. As Toad & Co grew in size and scope, so did PAC, which today processes 100 percent of the its inventory. Now, Toad&Co is using its experience to educate its nationwide network of retailers on how people with disabilities can also add value to their companies, from both a workplace and marketplace perspective.
Disability Law Resource Page: The Americans with Disabilities Act
As we count down to the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it’s an opportune time to point out EARN’s resource page devoted to the landmark law. Features of the web page include an overview of the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act; tips for discussing disability with job applicants and current employees; and links to additional ADA tools and resources. The site is just one of several EARN resource pages on relevant laws and regulations.
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.