March 31, 2017
In this Issue: Section 501 InfoCenter, Inclusion in South Dakota & More
Section 501 InfoCenter
EARN is committed to helping federal agencies succeed as model employers of people with disabilities. In this spirit, it recently developed a new section of its website to help agencies understand the updates to regulations implementing Section 501 announced by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in January. The Section 501 “InfoCenter” centralizes a range of tools and resources, including a basic primer on the changes, a fact sheet and policy brief, and frequently asked questions. It also includes a brief history of Federal Government disability employment efforts. Visit the Section 501 InfoCenter.
Inclusion at Work in the Mount Rushmore State
A new video produced by the South Dakota Retailers Association (SDRA) showcases the ways several of its members benefit from the skills of people with disabilities. With almost 4,000 members, SDRA is one of the largest retail associations in the U.S., and its members, including those whose workplaces are featured in the video, are primarily small businesses. SDRA produced the video as part of its involvement in the “Getting Down to Business” pilot project funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy last year; the organization was one of three sites to participate. Watch the SDRA video.
A recent article published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) highlights the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) as a valuable resource for its members – and all employers, for that matter – in devising and providing effective workplace accommodations for employees with disabilities. JAN is a free service for employers that provides confidential, customized assistance on specific situations and circumstances. Like EARN, it is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. Read the article or visit the JAN website.
Autism and Employment
Today, many employers, especially in certain industries, are taking steps to proactively recruit and hire people with autism and other neurological conditions. Key to the success of these initiatives is effective training, job preparation and support. Newly published research supports the criticalness of these conditions to on-the-job success, showing that, once hired, nine out of 10 transition-age youth with autism who received intensive training and other employment support services went on to become long-term, valued employees. Read about the study.
Advancing and Retaining Federal Employees with Disabilities: The Case for Centralized Accommodation Programs and Funding
This guide, one of three in a series, explores centralized accommodation funds (CAFs), which are an effective strategy for increasing disability inclusion in both public- and private-sector workplaces. It was developed in partnership with, and in support of, the Employment Opportunity workgroup, a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Office of Personnel Management and EARN.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
April 13, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ET
Webinar: All About Access: The Business Case for Using Accessible Websites and Other Workplace Technologies
Technology is a central driver of productivity in today’s workplace, for all workers. But if it’s inaccessible to employees with disabilities, it impedes them from performing to their fullest. This webinar will address the basics of employer responsibilities related to accessibility of websites, online systems, mobile applications, and other forms of workplace information and communication technology. Register for the webinar.
April 20, 2017, 2:00 p.m. ET
Virtual Talk: Making Taleo Accessible
Taleo is the leading talent management system used by HR professionals worldwide. In this webinar, Senior Director of Oracle’s Accessibility Program Peter Wallack and Product Management Director of Taleo Development Ali Moosvi will discuss the challenges and successes their team has experienced, as well as the accessibility features currently in production. Learn more about the PEATTalk.
May 18, 2017
Deadline: Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition
This free, self-paced online course co-developed by Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School is currently open and available through May 18. It educates about how to identify barriers to employment; recruit, interview and onboard candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities; and improve workplace accessibility to support candidates with disabilities. Learn more about the course.
Volk Packaging Corporation
Volk Packaging Corporation, a third generation family-owned corrugated box plant based in Biddeford, Maine, never set out to be an employer of people with disabilities. However, its inclusive workplace culture has led to the company’s employment of numerous people with diverse abilities, including workers who are deaf, blind and on the autism spectrum.
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.