ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

February 16, 2018

Work Matters: Skilled Workforce Online Dialogue Ends March 2

Today through March 2, you're invited to participate in an ePolicyWorks online dialogue hosted by ODEP and the State Exchange on Employment and Disability. This discussion, focused on preparing for work, will gather valuable input to build upon the state policy options presented in the “Work Matters: A Framework for States on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities” report. Needed during this discussion are your insights on key topic areas, including education and career-readiness, work-based learning such as apprenticeships and internships, and the role family engagement can play in preparing youth with disabilities for the workforce. Feedback from this dialogue will inform SEED's efforts to develop materials that will promote the adoption of inclusive state policy. Please join this crowdsourcing event to submit your ideas, votes, and comments on the strategies, challenges, and solutions that will help enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Join the Work Matters: Readying a Skilled Workforce online dialogue
Read “Work Matters: A Framework for States on Workforce Development for People with Disabilities”

LEAD Center Webinar: WIOA State Plan Modifications

Last month, the Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration issued a Technical Assistance Circular (RSA-TAC-18-01) and the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration released a Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL No. 06-17) on the Two-Year Modification Requirements for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Unified and Combined State Plans. After WIOA was passed, it required that each state submit a Unified or Combined State Plan by April 1, 2016. States now must provide a WIOA Unified or Combined State Plan two-year modification, which is due to DOL and ED by March 15, 2018. Join this webinar, on February 21, to hear from DOL's ETA and the Office of Disability Employment Policy, a representative from the Workforce Innovation and Technical Assistance Center, and people at the state level who are using this requirement as an opportunity to review plans and activities to ensure equal opportunity and the inclusion of youth and adults with disabilities in services provided by WIOA partners, as they engage in updating and revising their State Plans.

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LEAD Center Information Brief: Improving Employment Outcomes with ABLE Accounts

The LEAD Center published the policy brief, "The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities." The purpose of the brief is to help people with disabilities, their families, government agencies and departments, and all other ABLE stakeholders to understand how having an ABLE account can help account owners gain employment and improve their overall financial stability. This information brief summarizes the policy brief and provides additional resources.

Read the Information Brief

Job Accommodation Network Archived Webcast: PAS and New Section 501 Requirements

The January 10 Job Accommodation Network webcast on “PAS and the New Section 501 Affirmative Action Requirements” is now available for viewing in the JAN archives. This webcast features Anupa Iyer, policy adviser in the Office of Federal Operations at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She discusses the requirement for agencies to provide personal assistance services as needed to employees with targeted disabilities as part of the agency's affirmative action obligation under Section 501.

View all of JAN's archived webcasts

NIDILRR Request for Information: Opioids and People with Disabilities

The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research has released a Request for Information about the opioid public health emergency and people with disabilities. People with disabilities often experience chronic pain and, as a result, sometimes use opioids to address their pain. NIDILRR is interested in understanding: 1) whether people with disabilities have been diagnosed and are being treated for an opioid use disorder, and 2) are clinics or community organizations observing a sizeable population of people with disabilities seeking treatment for opioid use disorder. If so, are current treatment strategies adequate and, if applicable, how are organizations adapting treatment strategies for people with disabilities? This information will help NIDILRR determine what research might be needed to inform interventions and/or policies to mitigate the effects of opioid use disorder on people with disabilities. Comments must be submitted by February 20, 2018.

Learn about the RFI and the process to submit comments

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