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ODEP News Brief

August 22, 2014

Employment and Training Administration to Hold WIOA Stakeholder Consultation Webinars on Individuals with Disabilities on August 26 and September 2

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) invites state and local workforce leaders and practitioners, workforce system partners, customers, and other stakeholders to provide input on the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub.L. 113–128). ETA will gather input through stakeholder consultation webinars via a "chat feature" in order to most efficiently gather thoughts and ideas from webinar participants. The topic for August 26, 2014 is "Consultation with Consumers, Advocacy Groups, and Direct Service Providers on Services for Individuals with Disabilities." The topic for September 2, 2014 is "Services to Individuals with Disabilities." More information about the Act, and specific discussion questions and registration links for these webinars can be found on ETA's WIOA resource webpage.

Visit the ETA WIOA resource webpage to register for the webinars

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Seeks Comments on Implementation of WIOA Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) and Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) invite comments and recommendations to help implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). This new law seeks to maximize opportunities for youth and adults, with and without disabilities, to succeed in postsecondary education and in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand jobs in the 21st century economy. Specifically, OSERS and OCTAE seek comments as they begin the process of implementing the amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that were made by Title IV of WIOA and of the new version of the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), in Title II of WIOA.

Read the OSERS OCTAE joint blog post and submit comments
Read the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society Launches New Public Service Announcement

As part of their Alliance, the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) released a PSA to Major League Baseball clubs and their minor league affiliates. This PSA featuring Curtis Pride is part of a multi-year outreach initiative, "Ability Transcends Challenges," undertaken by PBATS to educate the public about the talents of people with disabilities in sports and in the workplace. In his own words, Pride, who is deaf and played eleven years in the major leagues, talks about being accepted for his talent. He urges everyone to give people with disabilities an opportunity to prove themselves. The PSA refers viewers to ODEP's resources ranging from accessibility and transition to accommodations and employment.

View the Curtis Pride PSA
Learn about the PBATS/ODEP Alliance

LEAD Center to Present Webinar on Best Practices in Employee Retention and Return-to-Work: Lessons Learned from Employers — August 27, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

Disability management and prevention is an important component in retaining talented employees and reducing turnover costs. In 2013, the LEAD Center studied a large successful U.S. Corporation to learn about and document effective retention and return-to-work policies and practices. This is a major focus for the U.S. Business Leadership Network as well as the Families and Work Institute, which just published their 2014 National Study of Employers. Join the LEAD Center for a review of lessons learned including employer retention and return-to-work best practices, how workforce professionals can partner with employers to promote employee retention and return to work, and how to identify employers with policies that support customized employment. The webinar will be held on August 27, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT. All LEAD Center webinars are captioned and presentation materials are sent to participants in advance of the webinar. For any other reasonable accommodation requests, please contact Brittany Taylor at

Register for the LEAD Center webinar

Employer Assistance and Resource Network to Host Webinars on Self-Identification of Disability

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) has opened registration for two webinars it will host in September. On September 18, 1:00-2:00 PM EDT, in the webinar "Creating an Inclusive Culture: Increasing Self-Identification," participants will learn about emerging practices for encouraging people with disabilities to self-identify,  tips and tools for hiring managers on disclosure, and strategies for fostering disability allies. On September 22, 12:00-1:00 PM EDT, in the webinar "Do Ask, Do Tell: Creating a Disability-Inclusive Workplace, Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify," participants will learn how employers can build an inclusive workplace where people feel safe disclosing that they have a disability while also meeting the new federal requirements for government contractors. HRCI credits will be available to participants for both webinars.

Register for "Creating an Inclusive Culture: Increasing Self-Identification"  
Register for "Do Ask, Do Tell: Creating a Disability-Inclusive Workplace, Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify"

President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities to Hold Public Meeting

On September 3, 2014, the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) will begin a three-day meeting to swear in new committee members and discuss possible topics for the Annual Report to the President. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, located at 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the general public. Established in 1966, PCPID aims to ensure the right to a "decent, dignified place in society" for people with intellectual disabilities. The PCPID's duties include advising the President and Secretary of HHS concerning a broad range of topics including educational opportunities, home ownership, workplace integration, transportation, and increased access to community living and assistive technology.

Read the Federal Register Notice for meeting details
Learn about the PCPID