Looking Ahead to ADA 26
July 26 marks the 26th anniversary of the passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation, and employers are encouraged to celebrate the occasion in their workplaces. To help, the ADA National Network offers an ADA Anniversary Toolkit filled with guidance and resources to make the day count. Of course, the ADA is key to workplace inclusion every day, and the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) also offers a wealth of information to assist employers in understanding their responsibilities under it.
2016 Disability Equality Index Results Are In
The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have announced the results of the 2016 Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey, conducted to gather information about disability-inclusive business practices across industries. Top scoring companies are featured in the 2016 DEI Best Places to Work list, with Fortune 500 companies leading the way.
Final WIOA Rules Released
The U.S. Departments of Labor and Education recently released the final rules implementing the landmark Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The new regulations will help employers meet workforce needs by strengthening employment and training opportunities for all Americans, especially individuals who have significant barriers to employment, such as those with disabilities.
Positive Trends Continue for Disability Employment
According to the latest National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) report released by the Kessler Foundation and University of New Hampshire, major economic indicators of employment for people with disabilities have increased for the third month in a row. The nTIDE report is published each month based on Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Currently, growth of employment for people with disabilities is outpacing that of employment for people without disabilities.
Working Together: How Businesses Can Support Career Success for Youth with Disabilities
JULY 28, 2016, 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. ET
Join the Campaign for Disability Employment for a Twitter chat being held in honor of the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and as a prelude to National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October. The topic will be what the “post-ADA generation” sees as key to workplace success—and the important role employers play in helping achieve it.
Use the hashtag #CDEYouth to participate.
IGI Advanced Cleaning Services
Located in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, IGI Advanced Cleaning Services hires people with disabilities at all levels of their crew. The company’s general manager, Igor Malanchuk, connected with a local disability employment program and hired John Parker, a man who is deaf, to join the team. Parker was given the opportunity to advance from a crew member to a supervisor, and now leads a team of people who are either deaf or hearing impaired, in their work duties.
A number of tax credits and deductions can help employers, especially small businesses, be more disability inclusive by offsetting the costs of modifications to increase the accessibility of their facilities for employees and customers. There are also some tax incentives specific to hiring disabled veterans.
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.