Introducing TalentWorks, a Free Tool for Employers Last week, the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) launched TalentWorks, a free online tool that can help employers and human resources professionals ensure their online job applications and other eRecruiting technologies are accessible to job seekers with disabilities. The tool was announced by Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher P. Lu during his keynote address at the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference in San Diego—the nation’s premier event focused on accessible technology.
Increasing Inclusion, On and Off the Field of Play Whether on the playing field or at work, it’s what people can do that matters. That was the main message at a roundtable convened a few weeks ago by the U.S. Paralympics and International Paralympic Committee. At the event, esteemed panelists, among them State Department Special Advisor for Disability Rights Judy Heumann and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Jennifer Sheehy, spoke about disability employment policy in the U.S. and the importance of para-sports in challenging misconceptions about the talents of people with disabilities.
Disability Employment at the State Level As a partner in EARN, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) develops a variety of tools and resources for state policymakers that can also benefit employers interested in learning more about their state’s disability employment-related laws and policies. One recent example is a Disability Employment State Statute and Legislation Scan, which provides an overview of state laws that encourage private employers to hire, recruit and retain people with disabilities and help states themselves be model employers of people with disabilities.
Ahh…choo! Accommodation Ideas for Allergy Season While many people embrace the arrival of spring, those with conditions that may result in respiratory impairments, such as allergies or asthma, may not find themselves tiptoeing through the tulips. Thus, the arrival of warmer weather is a great time for employers to learn about workplace accommodations that may help people with such conditions remain productive on the job. The U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Job Accommodation Network has information to help.
ADA in Focus Series, Building an Accessibility Program
April 6, 2016
In Part 1 of this 2-part webinar series, the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center will review the five core phases of a digital accessibility program in the workplace. Beth Crutchfield, VP of Policy & Program Services, SSB BART Group, will discuss strategies for planning, implementing, piloting and fully rolling out the program.
ADA in Focus Series, The Digital Accessibility Maturity Model: Enabling Accessibility Options
April 20, 2016
In the second part of this webinar series hosted by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, Bill Curtis-Davidson, Senior Director of Policy & Program Services, SSB BART Group, will discuss the Digital Accessibility Maturity Model (DAMM) and how it can help companies design, manage and improve their digital accessibility operations.
Last month, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. The proposed rule sets forth two requirements: achieving set representation rates and providing personal assistance services for employees who require them due to disability. It also combines and clarifies numerous existing requirements for affirmative action plans. The public can provide feedback on the NPRM until April 25.
Chicago-based Metropolis Coffee Company works in partnership with Aspire, a non-profit focused on redefining what is possible for people with disabilities, to promote inclusion in the workforce. Together, they developed Aspire CoffeeWorks, a social enterprise that brews up employment opportunities for people with disabilities through coffee production. In turn, proceeds from coffee sales benefit Aspire.
In order to travel to and from work, people both with and without disabilities need accessible, affordable and reliable transportation. Businesses that implement job-related transit benefits and services can play a key role in expanding work opportunities, especially for people with disabilities. In addition to providing access in a cost-effective way, businesses that support alternative transportation options can demonstrate a commitment to society’s strong focus on reducing carbon footprints.
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.