DOL Honors ADA25 with Historical Timeline and Personal Stories As part of a series of activities to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Department of Labor developed a historical timeline that chronicles the milestones that led up to its passage in 1990 and have carried its spirit forward since. The department is also collecting worker photos and stories that illustrate, through personal experiences, the importance of the ADA in increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities and/or employers of workers with disabilities from across the nation are invited to add to the collection by submitting their own employment story.
View the timeline, read the stories or share a new story.
Inaugural Disability Equality Index Results Released On June 11, the American Association of People with Disabilities and U.S. Business Leadership Network—an Employer TA Center partner—announced the results of the first-ever Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey, which is sponsored by both organizations. This survey assesses inclusion across the workplace, marketplace and supply chain, awarding points in four major categories. This first year, 80 Fortune 1000 companies participated, 19 of which received 100 out of 100 and thus were named “DEI Best Places to Work.” A further 43 companies scored 80 or above.
New JAN Website Feature Helps Employers Find the Right Accommodation Often, people approach accommodations in the context of a particular disability. However, what works for one person might not always be effective for another. That’s because accommodations are actually designed to address a limitation that might be preventing someone from performing to his or her fullest. Thus, sometimes the better approach is to first consider the limitation instead. A new website feature developed by the Office of Disability Employment Policy-funded Job Accommodation Network (JAN) helps employers do just that.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Annual Report on Disability The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its latest annual report on people with disabilities. This report revealed that in 2014 the unemployment rate of people with disabilities edged down slightly, to 12.5 percent. Despite the positive downward trend, however, this was roughly double the rate of people without disabilities, 5.9 percent. “Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics” is based on data collected as part of the monthly Current Population Survey and sponsored by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Celebrating 25 Years of the ADA: Leading Corporate Voices on the Value of Disability Inclusion
July 9, 2:00 – 3:00p.m., EST
This Employer TA Center/EARN webinar will address the significant shifts in thinking on disability inclusion that have occurred since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25 years ago, showcasing how companies recognized as top employers for people with disabilities now actively work to align it with their corporate goals and brand, both internally and externally. Panelists include Jill Houghton, Executive Director of the U.S. Business Leadership Network; Jennifer Sheehy, Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy; and Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader at Ernst & Young. The moderator will be Employer TA Center National Project Director Darren Bates. Participation is free, but registration is required and space is limited.
Interested in learning more about accessible technology in the workplace? Join the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) on the third Thursday of each month for “PEAT Talks,” a virtual speaker series exploring a range of accessible technology topics of interest to employers, individuals with disabilities and technology developers.
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.
VERC Enterprises—a New England-based chain of convenience stores, gas stations and carwashes—prides itself on customer service and a commitment to the communities in which it operates. As part of this, it has publicly committed to providing employment opportunities for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, going so far as setting a workforce representation goal of 20 percent. “When society takes the initiative in recruiting and hiring those with disabilities, it avails itself of a worker population that has proven to be exceedingly reliable, trustworthy, thorough and committed for the long haul,” said VERC President Leo Vercollone in a Boston Globe op-ed he penned about his company’s efforts.
Employer Incentives for Hiring People with Disabilities: Federal Tax Incentives At-A-Glance
To help employers capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilities offer America’s workplaces, the Federal Government offers a number of tax credits for employers. Overall, these incentives are intended to serve two purposes: 1) to encourage the hiring of individuals with disabilities, and 2) to support modifications and accommodations designed to enhance the accessibility of the workplace and productivity of workers with disabilities. This new Employer TA Center fact sheet provides an overview of these incentives and links to further information.
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.