ODEP News Brief. Driving Change - Creating Opportunity

December 7, 2018

President Bush Remembered

This week, Americans mourned the death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States. Among President Bush's achievements was the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. “This act is powerful in its simplicity,” said President Bush. “It will ensure that people with disabilities are given the basic guarantees for which they have worked so long and so hard: independence, freedom of choice, control of their lives, the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream.”

Learn about the ADA

EFSLMP Webinar — December 12 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) Community of Practice will hold its monthly webinar on “Hope Haven's Transformation Story.” The webinar will focus on the victories and challenges experienced by a provider that is transforming to an Employment First service delivery model. Scott Witte, Director of Partnership & Service Development for Hope Haven, Inc., and Toni Tewes, My Choice Employment Manager for Hope Haven, Inc., will discuss provider transformation and present examples of how they overcame barriers to create organizational change in a rural environment.

View the “Hope Haven's Transformation Story” webinar

Financial Security Webinar Archive

The Department's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and ODEP presented a webinar on October 30 in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, titled "Get Empowered – Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security: Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities." In the webinar, ODEP, the LEAD Center, and the National Disability Institute discussed ways to improve financial security through Social Security work incentive programs that protect federal benefits, and the use of ABLE accounts to save for future goals. EBSA provided information on setting and achieving financial goals, budgeting, managing debt, and determining a target retirement saving rate to make the most of workplace-provided retirement plans. An archive of the webinar is now available for viewing.

View "Get Empowered — Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security: Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities”

Supporting Youth With Disabilities

Todd Honeycutt, lead researcher on the Supplemental Security Income Youth Recipient and Employment Transition Formative Research project funded by ODEP, discusses the need for better solutions to address the hurdles that youth receiving Supplemental Security Income encounter when they transition to adulthood. Despite large investments in initiatives to help them, very little is known about what works for these youth. Honeycutt proposes five strategies that policymakers could pursue to ensure transition programs make a difference.

Read Todd Honeycutt's blog

Self-Identification of Disability

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released a joint memorandum with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) highlighting revisions to OPM's SF-256 Self-Identification of Disability Form. The revised SF-256 assists federal agencies in increasing the employment of people with disabilities and particularly employees with targeted or severe disabilities. The revisions make it easier for employees with disabilities to self-identify during on-boarding or when their disability status changes during their career. The revisions also simplify the terminology within the form, better define the medical conditions listed, and allow employees to indicate they have a disability without having to specify their medical diagnosis. The memorandum also provides additional resources to assist agencies, including the Federal Exchange on Employment & Disability (FEED), an interagency group managed through ODEP and the ODEP-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). ODEP is a key partner with the EEOC and OPM in the effort to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities in the federal government.

Read the EEOC/OPM memorandum
Learn about FEED

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