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October 22, 2021

Inclusive Apprenticeship Resources

The Partnership on Inclusive Apprenticeship released two resources to support people with disabilities through the apprenticeship process. “Advancing Your Career through Inclusive Apprenticeship” and “Becoming an Apprentice” communicate the value of apprenticeships, what it means for apprenticeships to be inclusive, and the steps people with disabilities can take to secure an inclusive apprenticeship in high-growth, high-demand industries.

EARN Newsletter

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion published its October newsletter. The newsletter features EARN’s activities celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month, upcoming webinars, and more.

Promoting Career and Technical Education

The Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth will present a webinar on “Promoting Career and Technical Education for Students with Disabilities” on November 9 from 1:00-2:00 PM ET. The webinar will discuss state strategies to maintain and increase the participation and performance of students with disabilities in career and technical education, both during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar will also provide an overview of a CAPE-Youth brief.

COVID-19 and Competitive Integrated Employment

The Employment First Community of Practice webinar on “Lessons Learned from COVID-19’s Impact on Competitive Integrated Employment” is available in the archive. In the webinar, David Mank and Rich Toscano discussed their findings from group interviews with national and international leaders on COVID-19’s impact on competitive integrated employment for people with disabilities. They also presented strategies for employers and providers to consider post-COVID-19 to maximize CIE for people with disabilities.

Virginia State Accessibility Taskforce

The LEAD Center webinar on “Lessons from the Field: Virginia State Accessibility Taskforce” is available in the archive. Virginia’s cross-system Accessibility Taskforce designs and implements innovative practices to improve workforce development system accessibility for all job seekers, including people with disabilities, people who are underserved and people with other employment challenges. Virginia created the taskforce in 2016 as part of the state’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Combined State Plan. This webinar discussed how the taskforce promotes equal opportunity policies, procedures and practices by workforce staff and partners.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Spotlight on Statistics

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released “Spotlight on Statistics – America's Recovery: Labor Market Characteristics of People with a Disability” in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Spotlight examines some of the major labor force characteristics of people with disabilities in the wake of COVID-19. It shows that historical differences between people with and without disabilities remain largely unchanged during the pandemic and economic recovery.

Disability-Inclusive Policy in COVID-19 Economic Recovery

The Western Governors’ Association, in collaboration with the State Exchange on Employment & Disability, hosted a webinar on “Disability-Inclusive Policy in COVID-19 Economic Recovery” that examined the effects of the pandemic on employment for people with disabilities and offered strategies for an inclusive recovery. Moderated by SEED Legislative and Policy Counsel Bobby Silverstein, the webinar included remarks from ODEP Senior Policy Advisor Nadia Mossburg. It featured a panel of state government representatives from Kansas, Montana and Washington.