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EARN Newsletter: April 2022

Mental Health PSA Campaign, Inclusive Apprenticeship and More!

EARN in Action

Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?

As a member of the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE), EARN is pleased to have helped shape its most recent public education campaign. Launched late last month, the new campaign is centered around a public service announcement (PSA) titled “Mental Health at Work: What Can I Do?” The PSA addresses the role all people in an organization play in promoting workplace wellbeing. Funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the CDE is a collaborative of several organizations that showcases supportive, inclusive workplaces for all workers.

Inclusive Apprenticeship

On April 7, EARN joined representatives from the Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship (PIA) for the webinar, “Disability Inclusive Apprenticeship: A Successful Business Strategy.” The event, which was hosted by Appteon, Inc., discussed how apprenticeship programs designed with inclusion and accessibility in mind can benefit people with disabilities seeking long-term career paths and employers looking to build diverse talent pipelines to meet workforce needs. Like EARN, PIA is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Federal Agency Disability Working Groups 

Last week, EARN, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Office of Personnel Management (OPM), hosted the second Federal Exchange on Employment and Disability (FEED) meeting of 2022. During the meeting, representatives from OPM, the Department of Education, the Federal Communications Commission and Deaf In Government discussed establishing disability working groups as a strategy for meeting goals under Executive Order (EO) 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce.

Autism Acceptance Month 

April is Autism Acceptance Month, and an opportunity to learn and educate about neurodiversity—an umbrella term that encompasses neurocognitive differences including autism and other conditions—in the workplace context. To help, EARN offers an online resource that explores the benefits of workplace neurodiversity for both employers and employees and shares information about common accommodations for neurodivergent employees. The resource also highlights neurodiversity hiring initiatives that have been implemented by companies in a variety of sectors.


Disability Employment in the News

Voices of Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month in March, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy published two guest blog posts. In the first, Shirley Wilcher, Executive Director of the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity, discussed two women who made their mark on women’s history, disability history and American history—Harriet Tubman and Fannie Lou Hamer. In the second, Kathy Tran, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, discussed work being done in Virginia and other states to build a more inclusive workforce. 

COVID-19, Long COVID and the Workplace

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) recently updated its COVID-19 and Long COVID webpage. This webpage features quick links to resources for workers, employers, youth and policymakers. A number of the resources relate to Long COVID—a term that refers to a range of symptoms that can last months after a person has COVID-19. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with Long COVID may be eligible for accommodations to help them to work during their recovery or return to work following their recovery. 

Advancing DEIA at USAID

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced the launch of its new Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA). The new office, which will report directly to the USAID Administrator, will lead the agency’s DEIA efforts across its workforce and programs worldwide, and support the continued implementation of USAID’s DEIA Strategic Plan under Executive Order (EO) 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce. Among the populations the office will work to ensure representation of are people with disabilities.


Ask EARN

Q: We would like to observe Mental Health Month in our workplace in May. Do you have resources we can use to do so?

A: Yes! EARN’s Mental Health Toolkit has information and tools that can help, and the Campaign for Disability Employment—of which EARN is a member—just launched a new initiative focused on the issue that offers several resources for use in the workplace. These include a public service announcement, long-form video called “Perspectives on Workplace Wellness” and a poster and workplace guide, both of which can be ordered in hard copy.

Learn about the CDE’s Resources Visit EARN’s Mental Health Toolkit

Employer Spotlight

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

A new video case study on the EARN website explores how the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) worked to keep America’s workers safe during the pandemic, including shifting its own employees to a hybrid work model. A key component of the success of these efforts was the diversity of the agency’s workforce and its inclusive workplace culture.

Mark Your Calendar

April 30, 2022
Deadline: HIRE Vets Medallion Program

The deadline to apply for the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award is April 30, 2022. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, this annual program recognizes employers of all sizes with exemplary track records in recruiting, employing and retaining veterans, including wounded warriors.

Learn about the award program.

May 6, 2022, 12:00 p.m. ET
Webinar: nTIDE Lunch and Learn

This webinar will offer an overview of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report Release, as well as updates from the field of disability employment. Presenters include Andrew Houtenville, University of New Hampshire-Institute on Disability; John O’Neill, Kessler Foundation; Denise Rozell, Association of University Centers on Disabilities; and others.

Register for the nTIDE webinar.

May 12, 2022, 2:00 p.m. ET
Webcast: Accommodation and ADA Considerations: Reproductive Disorders and Pregnancy

This Job Accommodation Network (JAN) webinar will address reproductive disorders, which affect millions of Americans each year. Presenters will discuss common conditions and the work-related limitations they may cause as well as effective accommodations and considerations related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Pregnancy-related job accommodations will also be discussed.

Register for the JAN webinar.

May 18, 2022, 2:00 p.m. ET
EARN Webinar: Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of an Individualized Approach

This webinar hosted by EARN will explore how a proactive, individualized approach to supporting employee mental health can lead to a more inclusive and productive work environment for all. Panelists Toccara Briggs, ADA Team Manager at Intel, and Lori Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader at EY, will discuss the important role employers play in supporting employee mental health and wellbeing, and provide strategies for fostering a mental health-friendly workplace.

Register for the EARN webinar.

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