ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

February 15, 2019

WRP Webinar — February 20 from 1:00-2:30 PM ET

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) is hosting a webinar for federal government employees interested in learning more about this resource of qualified, Schedule A-eligible candidates available for summer, temporary, and permanent positions. This webinar will walk through what the WRP is, who the candidates are, how to search for candidates on the wrp.gov database, and best practices for utilizing WRP throughout federal agencies.

Register for the WRP webinar

Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Twitter Chat — February 21 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET

Self-employment and entrepreneurship can be successful alternatives to traditional job paths for people with disabilities and can help lead to economic independence. In recognition of National Entrepreneurship Week and as a follow up to its “Work Matters: Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Career Options” online dialogue, ePolicyWorks will host a Twitter chat focusing on policies and best practices to break down barriers and support self-employment and entrepreneurship as viable employment options for individuals with disabilities. Featured guests include the Small Business Administration, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurship Education for People with Disabilities (CEED) project, and Disability:IN. To join the discussion, use #EPWChat.

Follow ePolicyWorks on Twitter
View the “Work Matters” online dialogue series

EARN February Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) released its February newsletter. Featured is EARN's new Dinah Cohen Training Center for Disability Employment and Inclusion, a resource for comprehensive multimedia training on disability employment topics. Also highlighted in the Employer Spotlight column is the Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., a brewery founded by three former Gallaudet University classmates.

Read the EARN newsletter

Podcast on Non-Visible Disabilities

Through its collaboration with ODEP's State Exchange on Employment & Disability (SEED), Women in Government (WIG) recently produced the last installment in a three-part podcast series focused on the employment of people with disabilities, titled “Unseen But Heard: State Solutions for Non-Visible Disabilities in the Workplace.” The podcast is moderated by Hawaii State Representative Lauren Matsumoto, who is joined by Illinois State Senator Mattie Hunter, Maryland Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes, and Jacqueline Sly of the South Dakota Board of Education Standards, as they discuss promising state policies, legislation, and programs that can help people with invisible disabilities enter or remain in the workforce.

Listen to the WIG podcast
Learn about SEED

Employer Economic Impact Study

In focus groups conducted for the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP), employers shared their perspectives on employing individuals with disabilities (especially those with mental health disabilities), including the use of Customized Employment and working with rehabilitation and employment programs. These focus groups provided evidence for employment providers about the services and programs that positively affect the employers' bottom line. Subject matter experts Dale Verstegen, Senior Research Associate at TransCen, and Chip Kenney, Co-Project Director for the Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC), were featured in an EFSLMP Community of Practice webinar discussing the study. As there is growing interest in this topic, further focus groups are planned. Employers may apply to be included in this expanded study.

Apply to participate in the Employer Economic Impact Study
View the EFSLMP Community of Practice webinar

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