Official Theme for NDEAM 2015 Announced Employers across the nation are encouraged to start planning for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2015, following the announcement this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy of its official theme—“My Disability is One Part of Who I Am.” Although observed annually in October, NDEAM’s theme is announced each spring to assist organizations in planning activities in advance.
Empowering Interns: Voices from the Blogosphere Two recent blog posts showcase the value of interns with disabilities in both the private and public sectors. On Disability.gov, Randy Cooper, Disability Program Director at the Department of Defense, profiles the career trajectory of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration employee who launched his career through the Workforce Recruitment Program, while on AskEARN.org, the Labor Department’s Tiffany Jolliff describes key takeaways from a recent webinar for employers on cultivating talent through internships.
Employers Encouraged to Recognize Mental Health Month May is Mental Health Month—and an opportune time for employers to consider ways they can support employees who may have mental health disabilities through effective accommodations. Last month the Employer TA Center hosted a webinar on this topic in collaboration with the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), an ODEP Alliance partner. Although geared toward the higher education setting, the information presented applies to organizations of all sizes and industry sectors.
WIOA Advisory Committee Meets for Third Time Members of the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities met for the third time this week, hearing from panelists with diverse perspectives and discussing progress made toward developing its recommendations, the first iteration of which will be delivered later this year. A key provision of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the committee includes two employer representatives, Oswald Mondejar from Partners Continuing Care and Steve Pemberton from Walgreens.
The State of Employment for People with Disabilities
May 27, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. EST
Sponsored by the Northeast ADA Center, this panel discussion will explore New York’s Employment First initiative, which began in September 2014. In this context, it will examine the negative impact of the employment gap between people with and without disabilities to the state’s economy and how employers and disability service providers can work together to create more integrated employment opportunities.
Some women may need work adjustments in order to continue working during pregnancy, but employers’ obligations to provide them under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and Americans with Disabilities Act have never been completely clear. This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webcast will address these issues, and feature presentations by JAN Lead Consultant Tracie DeFreitas and attorney Jeff Nowak, a nationally recognized leader on related topics.
The deadline for providing public comments on the proposed “ICT Refresh” is May 28. Released by the Access Board earlier this year, this proposed rule updates accessibility requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) in the federal sector under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act.
Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Casino has discovered a partnership with a local disability service provider to be an effective way to fill its diverse staffing needs. To date, more than 100 employees have come on board through the organizations’ joint training program, the Mohegan Sun Inclusion Academy. According to Jeff Hamilton, the casino’s vice president of human resources, the program’s success stems from staff at all levels feeling invested in the program.
Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are considered an exemplary practice that businesses can leverage to foster a culture of inclusion—one in which employees feel safe to self-identify as people with disabilities and obtain the supports they need to succeed on the job. This new Employer TA Center fact sheet explores how ERGs can benefit employees and employers alike.
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.